Diarrhea is a very common side effect when taking chemotherapy. Here are some suggestions on how to combat it!

Immodium- AD:

First Dose:
Take 2 caplets (4mg) of Imodium A-D (loperamide HCL)
During the Day:
Take 1 caplet every 2 hours
During the Night:
Take 2 caplets at bedtime and 2 caplets every 4 hours until morning. You must set your alarm clock to wake up during the night so you can take it.
STOP taking it when you have had no bowel movement for 12 hours. If you still have diarrhea 24hrs after taking Imodium, CALL US HERE AT THE OFFICE (843-577-6957)!! This can become very serious for your health.

The BRAT Diet:
“B”- Bananas
“R”- Rice (white)
“A”- Applesauce
“T”- Toast (white)
**Eat small meals throughout the day**
*Drink 6-8 glasses(minimally) of any of there liquids during the day: Water, clear broth or bouillon, herbal tea(without caffeine or laxative effects)
*Avoid foods/drinks with lactose(a sugar found in dairy products). For example: Cheese, Cottage cheese, Cream cheese, Ice cream, Sour cream, Milk, Yogurt, and Pudding.
*Avoid anything with CAFFEINE
*Avoid foods fried in butter, fat, or oil
*Avoid Rhubarb
When you start feeling better, start eating foods that are bland and easy on your stomach:
*Skinless chicken/turkey (baked or broiled), baked fish
*Soft boiled eggs
*Spaghetti with unseasoned tomato sauce, noodles without butter sauce
*Beef and vegetable soup, chicken and rice soup
*White toast, crackers, rice (may be lightly seasoned), graham crackers
*peaches, pears (in juice not syrup), peeled sliced apples, bananas
*Cooked carrots, green beans, asparagus, beets, baked potatoes
*Jello (may have non-dairy topping)

If you have any questions about this, please call our office here at Charleston Hematology Oncology Associates at 843-577-6957.