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We are getting a lot of questions how Enterosgel® compares to other remedies available depending on the issue. We would like to tell you more about remedies available so it is easier for you to make an informed decision.
Diarrhea, 90 percent of which is caused by food and water contaminated by excrement, kills a child every fifteen seconds. That’s more than AIDS, malaria, or measles, combined. Human feces are an impressive weapon of mass destruction.
When diarrhea strikes no one is prepared and most often you have to get rid of it really quickly – you are late for important meeting, you are travelling, you are running around fetching your kids or whatever else you’d rather be doing – who’s got the time for this?
It’s annoying, painful and embarrassing as you must excuse yourself and run to the toilet.
People rarely think what causes diarrhea – they just need it to stop as quickly as possible. Here come the remedies.
First thing your doctor or pharmacist will probably offer you is Loperamide. Sometimes it has a different name (does Imodium ring a bell?) and it’s been there forever.
And the good thing about it – it works!
Let’s take a closer look
Loperamide active ingredient : loperamide hydrochloride, 4-(p-chlorophenyl)-4-hydroxy-N,N-dimethyl-a,a-diphenyl-1-piperidinebutyramide monohydrochloride.
Inactive ingredients depend on manufacturing brand : Lactose, Gelatin, Magnesium Stearate, maize starch, sodium lauryl sulphate (yes, you are right – that same agent found in soaps, shampoos, etc), sodium starch glycolate. Some brands include colourants and flavouring as well.
Loperamide works by slowing down the bowel movements. It makes stool less watery as well, so it is often prescribed to patients with IBS-D.
Loperamide only treats the symptom, i.e. it will most probably stop diarrhea (in some cases it doesn’t – depending on the issue), but leaves you with the cause of it – the leftovers in your intestines and the possibility of toxins re-absorption into your gut – remember, it stops the gut movement?
How Enterosgel® works? Like a complete opposite – it adsorbs and evacuates the toxins, which caused diarrhea in the first place, from digestive system – kind of like a sponge going over a kitchen counter removing the dirt and grime.
Let’s go further.
The warnings of Loperamide say that it can’t be administered to children younger than 6 years old and it should be NEVER given to infants younger than 24 months (convulsion’s been reported with young children) or pregnant and/or breastfeeding women. You may ask why.
Loperamide is a synthetic opioid and can cause side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, vomiting, constipation, fatigue, abdominal pain and cramps, discomfort or stomach enlargement – please read the leaflet carefully before use.
It can also cause serious allergic reaction such as skin rash. Itching, hives, difficulty breathing, or wheezing are also on the list.
People with HIV should stop taking Loperamide immediately if signs of abdominal distention (extreme bloating) develop to avoid toxic colon enlargement.
Abusing any opioid has serious health risks and can result in life-threatening irregular heartbeats and death.
A 2016 report in the Annals of Emergency Medicine described how two men died after overdosing on Imodium.
*US National Library of Medicine qualifies Loperamide as Acute Toxic if swallowed.
You should not take Loperamide if you are dizzy or drowsy as it may make it worse. No alcohol for the same reason. People with impaired kidney function or liver disease should be monitored very carefully while on Loperamide.
Never drive or operate machinery until you know how Loperamide affects you.
Avoid becoming overheated, dehydrated or exercise while taking Loperamide and avoid taking it in the hot weather.
What if you overdosed? Symptoms of Loperamide overdose may include dizziness, drowsiness, urinating less than usual, bloating, severe stomach cramps, or vomiting. Naloxone can be administered as an antidote.
What about Enterosgel®?
Enterosgel is composed of organic mineral and water (70% Polymethilsiloxane and 30% Purified water).
ENTEROSGEL® does not contain substances that can cause allergic or toxic reactions. It is free from preservatives, gluten, lactose, sugar, flavours or colourants.
Children can take it from the first year of life (from 12 months)
Side effects – occasional constipation and/or nausea may occur.
You can drive, operate machinery and live your life – it is impossible to overdose on Enterosgel® as it is completely natural and hypoallergenic (may help with existing allergy as well by adsorbing histamines helping your body to recover faster)
Enterosgel® can be taken for relatively long periods of time – initial treatment period is 21 days and after that it can be taken as needed if patient suffers with IBS, leaky gut etc.
Enterosgel® doesn’t stop bowel movements and helps heal intestinal lining reducing or alleviating pain and cramps altogether.
Can you overdose? No. Enterosgel® is mineral-based treatment, 100% additives-free, so it is impossible to overdose on it.
The price? Here Loperamide wins hands down – it’s cost is next to nothing comparing to Enterosgel®.
So, the conclusion? If diarrhea is a “once-in a-blue-moon” incident and you don’t develop any side effects to Loperamide, it might be a cheaper solution for you.
On the other hand – if you are highly sensitive, allergy-prone, pregnant or breastfeeding – Enterosgel® is a safer option.
If you are looking for the perfect solution for the whole family including elderly and infants and allergic individuals – Enterosgel® is very effective and completely safe to use.
Loperamide is not suitable for certain age groups and/or patients with liver, kidney or other diseases which may be aggravated by the oral administration of Loperamide.
Loperamide for pets?
Some vets prescribe Loperamide for diarrhea in dogs. If your dog has diarrhea that’s severe or long-lasting (more than 48 hours), is vomiting, or there’s blood in the diarrhea, discontinue using Loperamide and contact your vet immediately.
Loperamide can cause severe side effects in cats, and is not recommended for them.
Best of health to your gut!