Diarrhoea is an unpleasant symptom that can happen when you have a stomach bug or food poisoning.
It will usually pass by itself without any problems, but it can be very unpleasant until it’s gone.
This is why many people choose to use anti-diarrhoea tablets containing loperamide or other diarrhoea treatments to keep the problem under control so you can get on with your daily life.
If you have diarrhoea you may also need to take ORS treatments to make sure you don’t become dehydrated before the symptom’s passed.
Diarrhoea is usually caused by a stomach bug known as gastroenteritis, which can cause both diarrhoea and vomiting.
Gastroenteritis usually goes away within a week, and although it isn’t pleasant it usually isn’t anything to worry about.
Another common cause of diarrhoea is food poisoning, which happens when you eat food that isn’t cooked properly or has gone off.
You may also experience diarrhoea if you have a medical condition, such as IBS, food intolerance or allergy, or coeliac disease.
Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS) are a type of drink designed to make sure you stay hydrated when you are suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting.
They come in sachets of powder or tablets which are dissolved in water to make a drink that helps to replace the fluid and salts that your body loses when you have diarrhoea.
They can be taken by people of all ages, although young children should only be given them if they are recommended by a doctor, and they’re an essential part of diarrhoea treatment.
Buscopan products are used to treat stomach cramps caused by IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), your menstrual cycle, or other medical conditions.
Although diarrhoea and stomach cramps can often happen at the same time, Buscopan isn’t a recommended treatment for diarrhoea.
If you are unsure about which treatment or medication is right for you, we recommend speaking to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Over the counter medicines to stop diarrhoea are usually suitable for children aged 12 and over, and should not be given to young children or infants.
If your child or baby has diarrhoea, we recommend speaking to your doctor for advice and a suitable treatment.
It’s important to make sure that your child doesn’t become dehydrated if they have diarrhoea, so make sure to give them sips of water, an energy drink, or an ORS drink often until their symptoms pass.