Lomotil – What Are The Natural Diarrhea Alternatives

What Is Lomotil And What Does Lomotil Do?

Lomotil is a drug only available by prescription that is used in the treatment of diarrhea.

Some might not think diarrhea is such a big deal. However, did you know that during the American Civil War diarrhea was responsible for more deaths than the actual fighting of the war itself?

And did you know that; during the Vietnam War hospitalizations for diarrhea outnumbered those for malaria by as many as 4 to 1?

Lomotil is a schedule 5 (V) controlled substance which contains small amounts of opioids like Diphenoxylate and others which have been shown to be addictive substances. It is for this reason that you should only take it under a doctor’s care.

Yes, Lomotil can helps stop diarrhea, but it can also potentially get you hooked on opioids which we all know is running rampant throughout the US right now and causing so many people terrible problems.

How Does Diarrhea Kill You?

The reason diarrhea is so dangerous and kills so many is that it can cause severe dehydration. Diarrhea can literally set up a situation in the body where it becomes virtually impossible to get enough fluids into the person.

You could quite literally be having them drink continuously while also administering fluids via IV and they are still shedding the fluids more rapidly than you’re replacing them.

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That’s one of the reasons we have to ask you to read the following disclaimer.

Disclaimer: This page and site are not intended to provide medical guidance, render a diagnosis, provide prescriptive advice nor give a medical opinion. If you or anyone you know has persistent diarrhea you should consult with a nutritionally educated health care practitioner as soon as possible.

The natural diarrhea remedies that we discuss herein are for educational purposes and are in no way, shape or form intended to replace the advice or council of your lawfully and or legally registered health care provider.

What Is The Generic Name For Lomotil?

The generic names for Lomotil are diphenoxylate or atropine. Lomotil is available only as a prescription and should only be taken under a doctor’s close supervision as it contains small amounts of narcotics called opioids.

Is Lomotil A Narcotic?

Yes, Lomotil contains small amounts of diphenoxylate and atropine. Both of which are narcotics of the opioid class. They are used in Lomotil because they help stop the propulsion of intestinal contents.

In other words, they relax your overstimulated bowls so that they don’t just keep hyperactivating peristalsis. Which then helps stop you from basically just shooting everything out the back end faster than you can put it in the front end.

What Are The Side Effects Of Lomotil?

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It is possible you could become dependent on opioids and suffer from the withdrawals associated with going off those types of drugs. There are other side effects, but for a complete list you should consult an updated Lomotil side effects page published by the manufacturer.

The reason being, there are many that are only conditional and they are updating the list to frequently to keep up with.

Is Lomotil Safe?

That is a question like ‘is it safe to jump off a cliff?’ Well, that depends on just how high the cliff is. If it’s only 6 inches, we would say that you’d likely be pretty safe. But a 40-foot cliff or more poses a separate set of challenges.

If you were closely monitored by your doctor and were on it because without it you’d likely die, then that would be better than the alternative.

If you were only given small doses for a very short time frame, yes, you might not have been on it long enough for addictive traits to form.

However, if you were on it long term or have a predisposition to the addiction of opioids then this would DEFINITLEY be something you’d want to have an in depth conversation with your doctor about.

Is Lomotil Safe For Dogs?

Lomotil should not be given to pets of any kind as it was not designed for them. It could possibly cause constipation and disorientation.

There may be other side effects that we are not yet aware of because it has not been approved for use in canines.

It would be suggested that you contact your veterinarian and ask about the best medicine for your dog should they have diarrhea.

What Is The Schedule For Lomotil?

Lomotil is a schedule V (5) narcotic that is available only by prescription. It contains small amounts of opioids that can be both harmful and addictive. Be sure to consult your doctor prior to use.

What Are The Best Safe Natural Diarrhea Alternatives That Work?

What we will be discussing below are the best-known natural ways to combat diarrhea.

There are many old wives tales out there that either just flat out don’t work or that could actually cause you to have a worse case of diarrhea than before you used them.

We are using both lore to uncover all the ones passed down through the ages and then science to verify that their touted methods or ingredients actually have real world science and data to back them up.

There is no use using only legend and lore as your defining guide because as it would turn out, many so called remedies don’t do diddly.

However, on the other hand if you only employ science on your quest, you’ll be forced to look at nothing but chemicals with no natural alternatives that could be not only gentler, but possibly healthy and health promoting at the same time.

So, for the best of both worlds. Let’s look at both.

As a note: We will not be discussing how to take each of the following alternatives as we are maintaining a neutral stance and do not want to be seen as prescribing. You’ll need to follow the labeled directions on each of the products or ingredients to ensure safe and proper usage.

1. Can Probiotics Help Calm Diarrhea?

The answer is a resounding yes.

In multiple studies the probiotic strains of Saccharomyces boulardii and a mixture of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum showed extremely positive results in individuals with both virally induced and non-virally induced diarrhea.

Another meta-analysis of 940 screened studies showed that the aforementioned strains showed great clinical results with little to no side effects.

Now that’s what we all really want, isn’t it?

A solution that works well and does not cause more problems than it fixes. Because when you’re heading to the toilet every 10 minutes, the last thing you want is something that causes more trips.

On the lore side, cultured diary that contains healthy gut bacteria has been used for thousands of years as a diarrhea remedy and for overall health.

Many ancient cultures like the ancient Egyptians consumed cultured dairy products resembling those of modern yogurts and kefirs.

These were in most cases a food stuff of the wealthy or high ranking because having a cow in ancient Egypt as an example was something of a luxury. The majority of the Egyptian peoples were Vegetarian with the bulk of their diets coming from fruits, vegetables and grains.

2. Can Certain Foods Help Stop Diarrhea?

While there are no foods that stop diarrhea as a matter of its purpose, there are foods that can help restore your stools to a normal consistency so that you’re not just passing liquid at each sitting.

In India where diarrhea is a major issue for the poorer classes who in some cases may not even have access to clean, running water, mothers there have had to learn to take an approach that works.

They have to stop the fluid loss without the prescription drugs that they just cannot afford, or their children face death.

The methodology they employ is to not stop feeding the sickened person, but to feed them cooling foods such as bananas and other fruits.

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In Bulgaria they have found that whole grain breads help hold the liquids in the intestines and slow the transitory time of the foods through the digestive tract.

The science does seem to support that; giving foods that help feed good intestinal flora like fruits does have a measurably positive effect.

Another study looked briefly at whether foods that take more time to digest and move slower through the gut might be of benefit and they found statistically significant evidence that, yes, foods that slow the speed of digestion do in fact help.

There are many sites out there that recommend what they call a BRAT diet. This diet consists of B for bananas, R for rice, A for applesauce and T for toast.

This might have a positive effect as it’s well known that; Bananas are the cooling food we spoke of from the India perspective, rice slows digestion, apples have the fiber apple pectin which can absorb many times its weight in water and toast is of course bread which we spoke of earlier as well.

However, we are not advocating this diet for short term diarrhea, we are just stating that there is at least some science behind it if you’d like to give it a go.

3. Can Ginger Help Stop Diarrhea?

While there is no evidence that ginger stops diarrhea per say, there is a grand scale of evidence both passed down through the ages and scientifically verified that gingerols (the oils of ginger) do calm and sooth both the stomach and intestinal tract.

Gingerols must be extracted from the fresh ginger root by either mastication (chewing the ginger) or via heat and water (brewing a tea).

If just chewing on ginger is a bit too spicy for you then shredding it and making a tea from it may be a little more your style.

4. Can Psyllium Help Stop Diarrhea?

Well, fibers don’t neutralize the source of the problem, so in that way of looking at it, no, fibers like psyllium don’t stop it.

However, psyllium does help replenish the bulk to your stool so that you can hopefully stop passing just pure liquid. It begins to revive the consistency that you’re looking for to have a much more regular movement.

Much the same as the apple pectin that we spoke of earlier it to can absorb many times it’s weight in water. This can help retain the water in the intestines instead of losing it through the constant elimination.

Because psyllium is a basically pure fiber supplement it can have a rather dramatic effect. With apples, you’d have to eat quite a few in order to equal even just a teaspoon of psyllium husk fiber supplement, in part because the pectin in apples is already saturated.

5. Can Carob Help Stop Diarrhea?

This one might just surprise you, but yes.

Carob powder has been shown in multiple studies to help combat diarrhea that began as either viral, infectious or poison such as food poisoning.

If you’ve ever experienced a bad case of food poisoning this might just be the thing you’d want to have on hand just in case.

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In one study carob powder helped the study participants regain normal stool consistency twice as fast as the control group who were give a placebo.

We’ve got two things to say about this. I can’t imagine being in the placebo control group hoping to get relief and nothing happens except more of the same. Where do they find people willing to have diarrhea induced who will have to suffer as the placebo group?

I don’t know about you, but no thank you.

And 2, anything natural that can help me get back to normal stool consistency twice as fast as the control group is on my new favorites list.

The carob was administered in varying dosages. The most common we saw throughout the studies was 2 teaspoons in water several times per day. This is not a prescription, just an observation from reviewing multiple studies.

The carob seems to absorb water and effectively bind it so that it remains in your digestive system instead of being expelled so quickly.

Those are the top five natural remedies for diarrhea available that met our criteria we espoused earlier.

We hope that you never have diarrhea again in your lifetime, but if you do, hopefully the above information will help you.

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