Kirkland Signature Anti-Diarrheal active ingredient is Loperamide Hydrochloride 2mg and may be used to control symptoms of diarrhea (including Travelers? Diarrhea) in adults and children 6 years and over.
Kirkland Signature Anti-Diarrheal is a gluten free product that comes in easy-to swallow, small caplets.
What is Diarrhea?
Diarrhea is a loose and watery bowel movement and very common. Frequent diarrhea could be the cause of a food allergy.
Three Categories of Diarrhea
Osmotic:This type of diarrhea is due to water being drawn into the bowel from the body due to something in the bowel itself. A common cause of this is sorbitol, a sugar substitute, which is not absorbed by the body. Instead it draws water from the body causing the stool to be loose and watery.
Secretory: The body releases water into the body when it shouldn?t, causing diarrhea. Infections and drugs may be the cause of secretory diarrhea.
Exudative: Blood and pus are present in this type of diarrhea, which occurs with diseases such as Crohn?s disease, some infections and ulcerative colitis.
Two Categories of Diarrhea Symptoms
Uncomplicated (non-serious): Cramps or bloating of the abdomen, urgency to have a bowel movement, watery, thin or loose stools and vomiting are some of the symptoms.
Complicated: In addition to the symptoms of uncomplicated diarrhea, fever, blood or mucus in the stool and weight loss can occur with this type of diarrhea and may be a sign of a serious illness.
A person with diarrhea associated with certain infections can lose up to 20 liters of fluids per day.
Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Avoid caffeinated beverages and fruit juices with pulp as well as chicken broth with fat.
If you have Crohn?s disease, there are certain foods that can trigger diarrhea. Every person is different so watch for foods that bring on diarrhea and try to avoid them in your diet.
Travelers? Diarrhea can be avoided by drinking bottled water when traveling overseas. Avoid tap water, even when brushing teeth, and make sure coffee and tea are made with boiled or bottled water.
Properly washing hands can help eliminate the spread of infection that causes a serious type of diarrhea.