Getting "the runns"

Old Jan 27th, 2007, 04:40 PM
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Imodium has been used for many years. If it were that dangerous, and "best to avoid it", it would not be sold over the counter and recommended by so many doctors and pharmacists.

Like all other medications, there are times to take it and times to avoid it. A blanket negative advice is not in the best interest of those in whom it can help significantly. In my case in Tibet, of prolonged, non-febrile, non-bloody diarrhea, it provided great relief quickly.
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Old Jan 27th, 2007, 07:54 PM
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I don't know why you are all talking about Pepto Bismol, Immodium etc etc. Just find out where to get Dukoral and you won't need anything else because you won't get the trots.

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Old Jan 28th, 2007, 02:35 AM
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Interested link, galiano, thanks. I googled Dukoral to learn more and learned from the Center for Disease Control site that it's not available in the US at this time:

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Is a vaccine available to prevent cholera?

A recently developed oral vaccine for cholera is licensed and available in other countries (Dukoral from SBL Vaccines). The vaccine appears to provide somewhat better immunity and have fewer adverse effects than the previously available vaccine. However, CDC does not recommend cholera vaccines for most travelers, nor is the vaccine available in the United States . Further information about Dukoral can be obtained from the manufacturers:

Dukoral ®
SBL Vaccin AB,
SE-105 21 Stockholm, Sweden
telephone +46-8-7351000,
e-mail: [email protected]
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Old Jan 28th, 2007, 08:49 AM
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1. Do NOT take Ciprofloxacin at the first sign of diarrha. It is an antibiotic that is seriously overprescribed and wrongly used in travelers. You should only take it if you have a fever or bloody diarrhea.

2. Take Pepto-bismol at the first sign of trouble. Take at least two doses straight off. Then take Immodium.

3. The other probiotics/grapefruit/etc probably do no harm or good. The best thing I ever had was the french Argile Blanche (white mud, which is an adsorbent kaolin clay, like Kaopectate).

4. It's probably normal to get a little runny tummy in a trip. Don't get freaked out about it.

5. And yes, WASH your hands with soap. Lather and scrub for 20 seconds. Clean under your nails at least once daily, before hand brushing.
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Do you know if this is available over the counter in Canada? Or is a prescription required?

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