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Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 2013 Nov;138(45):2309-12. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1349597. Epub 2013 Oct 25.

[Antidiarrheal drugs for chronic diarrhea].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Medizinische Klinik I, St. Marienkrankenhaus Ludwigshafen.


Chronic diarrhea can be caused by multiple disease entities. Basic diagnostic tests are required in order to administer specific therapies whenever possible. If no specific treatment can be used, a symptomatic management should be initiated in order to prevent massive electrolyte- and water losses. Substances that can be used are loperamide, cholestyramine, bulking agents, probiotics, anticholinergic agents and in severe cases opioids. If used properly these agents can be prescribed longterm with an acceptable side effect profile.

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