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How do antidiarrheals differ from laxatives?

Antidiarrheals are the exact opposite of laxatives. While antidiarrheals help to slow bowel movements and control diarrhea, laxatives encourage bowel movements and often induce diarrhea. Before using either of these medications, you should talk to your doctor.

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Who should take anti-diarrheal and gas medications?
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Are there generic anti-diarrheals and gas medications?
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Are there any risks in taking anti-diarrheal and gas medications?
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