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Claremont Medical Practice

webGP -Getting help for vomiting or diarrhoea from your pharmacist

If you are unfamiliar with the various treatment options for vomiting or diarrhoea then check out our self-help page. Remember to always discuss over the counter treatment with your local pharmacist so they can check if it is suitable for your condition and safe for you to take.

Diarrhoea or vomiting will usually clear up without treatment after a few days, particularly if it's caused by an infection. It is very important to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration (lack of water in the body).

The following treatments for vomiting or diarrhoea are available over the counter from your pharmacist

Oral rehydration salts

If you are particularly frail or elderly, you may benefit from oral rehydration salts which restore lost salts from diarrhoea and vomiting. Seek advice from your pharmacist to see if it is suitable to take these.

Active ingredient Brands
Oral rehydration salts (typically sodium chloride and potassium chloride) Dioralyte Relief Sachets
Dioralyte Sachets

Anti-diarrhoeal - Loperamide

Loperamide can reduce the length of time you are suffering from diarrhoea. It works by slowing down the muscles in your bowel and therefore allows more water to be absorbed. It should not be used if you have abdominal pain, fever or passing blood.

Active ingredient Brands
Loperamide Imodium
Diah-limit
Diaquitte Capsules
DioralEze Capsules
Entrocalm Capsules