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antidiarrheal

 [an″te-, an″ti-di″ah-re´al]
1. counteracting diarrhea.
2. an agent that so acts.

an·ti·di·ar·rhe·al

, antidiarrhetic (an'tē-dī-ă-re'ăl, -dī-ă-ret'ik),
1. Having the property of opposing or correcting diarrhea.
2. An agent having such action (for example, loperamide).

antidiarrheal

/an·ti·di·ar·rhe·al/ (-di″ah-re´al) counteracting diarrhea, or an agent that does this.

antidiarrheal

(ăn′tē-dī′ə-rē′əl, ăn′tī-)
n.
A substance used to prevent or treat diarrhea.
adj.
Treating or preventing diarrhea.

antidiarrheal

[-dī′ərē′əl]
a drug or dietary fiber-forming agent that relieves the symptoms of diarrhea. The most effective antidiarrheal drugs are opioid derivatives, which slow intestinal motility to permit greater time for the absorption of water and electrolytes. Dietary fiber-forming agents improve stool consistency but may not decrease fluid and electrolyte loss. Infectious diarrhea (for example, traveler's diarrhea) may require antibiotics if severe.

an·ti·di·ar·rhe·al

, antidiarrhetic (an'tē-dī-ă-rē'ăl, -ret'ik)
Counteracting diarrhea.
Synonym(s): antidiarrhoeal.

an·ti·di·ar·rhe·al

, antidiarrhetic (an'tē-dī-ă-rē'ăl, an'tē-dī'ă-ret'ik)
1. Having the property of opposing or correcting diarrhea.
2. An agent having such action (e.g., loperamide).
Synonym(s): antidiarrhoeal.

antidiarrheal

1. counteracting diarrhea.
2. an agent that counteracts diarrhea.

antidiarrheal agents
medicines used as antidiarrheals in animals. Includes parasympatholytic drugs, e.g. atropine, which act as a spasmolytic or antispasmodic, opiates, protectants and absorbents, e.g. activated charcoal, kaolin and astringents, e.g. catechu, tannic acid. The classification does not include the treatments that are specific for the diseases that cause diarrhea, e.g. antibiotics.
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Physicians have been taught for decades to avoid antidiarrheal agents in adults with infectious diarrhea, based on a study of Baltimore prisoners given shigella.
Several larger, placebo-controlled studies show that giving an antidiarrheal agent with antibiotics to patients with severe diarrhea can shorten the duration of the illness and lessen the amount of diarrhea, Dr.
Herbert DuPont of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine commented, "Based upon my twenty-five years of experience testing antidiarrheal agents, these results indicate Provir may be the most potent antisecretory agent available to treat diarrhea.