Got that funny feeling in your ‘gut’… that churning, grumbling, cramping feeling and you just know you’re going to have to make a dash for the nearest toilet?
Our gut can be one of the most troublesome (and embarrassing!) parts of our bodies, playing up at the worst possible moment. Short bouts of diarrhoea, whether from an infection or something you ate, can turn the happiest occasion into a miserable day and that long-haul flight into a nightmare.
Most cases of diarrhoea only last a couple of days, but there are times when you just need to reduce the number of trips to the toilet so you can get on with life – this is where antidiarrhoeal medications, such as Gastro-Stop Plus, can help.
What’s going on in your gut?
Your gut, bowel and stomach are all parts of your digestive system where what you eat and drink is broken down – so all the useful nutrients, water and energy can be absorbed and the waste bits removed.
Anything that disrupts the normal flow of things, such as bacteria or viruses, can mean food and drink move too quickly through your gut and not enough fluid is absorbed – that means soft or watery poo, and lots of it!
Did you know your gut produces 25 litres of gas every day? Don’t worry most of this is normally re-absorbed but when diarrhoea hits it’s no wonder bloating and wind can cause problems too.
Help tame your gut
Diarrhoea usually clears up after a couple of days – in the meantime the most important thing to do is drink plenty of fluids so you don’t get dehydrated.
Antidiarrhoeal products can be used when you need to ‘stop that dash’ to the nearest toilet. Gastro- Stop Plus contains two active ingredients that can help tame your diarrhoea symptoms:
Loperamide is one of the most commonly used antidiarrhoeal medications. It helps produce firmer, less frequent poo by slowing down the movement of your gut muscles (so fewer trips to the toilet!). Food stays in your gut longer and more water (plus salts and nutrients) can be absorbed back into your body.
Simethicone is an anti-foaming medication that helps reduce discomfort linked to the build-up of gas in your stomach and gut. Simethicone helps join up small gas bubbles to create larger ones that can be more easily passed – it does no stop gas forming, just helps it on its way!
It’s good to be prepared
When diarrhoea strikes, it can be sudden – so it’s always good to be prepared. Whether you’re stuck on a plane, at the office or just out and about, having a pack of Gastro-Stop Plus’s chewable, mint-flavoured tablets handy means you don’t have to let your gut reactions take control.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.
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