Stomach bug - Imodium?!!!

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Hello, I’ve had constant explosive diarrhoea for over 36 hours atleast every hour and I’m

Unable to keep fluids in, as such my urine has darkened and im feeling light headed with a dry mouth. All I’ve done for 14 hours is sip water but that won’t stay in, I did eat a slice of toast yesterday but that didn’t help so stopped eating so that all that is coming out now is the water I’m sipping.

I’ve phoned the out of hours Doctors as I believe I’m dehydrated  but he said to just take Imodium and start eating again, if I take Imodium that’ll surely prolong the bug? I’ve taken rehydration sachets but they have the same affect as water.

Any advice on what to do to help and how long it could potentially last for please?

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    Go to the hospital, they can put you on a drip to re-hydrate.

    Take a sample of your urine to show them how de-hydrated you are.

    They will check you anyhow, pick up the skin on the back of your hand and pinch, if it does not flatten out but stays pinched that's a good sign of de-hydration.

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    Imodium will not prolong your bug! It will help to relieve your symptoms and will stop your food and drink coming back out again so you will be able to eat. This is important to keep you hydrated and nourished.  Simply avoid anything laxative such as fruit and try bananas or rice which will help to bind you up.

    Take your doctor’s advice and try the Imodium; you will find it will help you! Your doctor is giving correct advice.  Trust and believe your doctor!  Wait a week and see if your symptoms improve.  If no better after this point, see your doctor again.

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