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Causes of diarrhea: Stomach Flu

What we typically call “stomach flu” is actually known as gastroenteritis and it has nothing to do with influenza. It is estimated that 179 million incidents of acute gastroenteritis occur annually in the United States, which can result in diarrhea.

What is Stomach Flu?

Stomach flu is a common condition where the stomach and intestines are irritated and inflamed by viral or bacterial toxins.

What causes it?

The most common causes are:

  • Viruses (Norovirus in adults, Rotavirus in children)
  • Drinking contaminated water (traveler's diarrhea)
  • Food poisoning

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of stomach flu may include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms usually resolve within a few days.

Why treat your diarrhea?

IMODIUM® products contain an active ingredient called Loperamide, which works to help restore your body’s natural rhythm so you can start to feel like yourself again. If symptoms persist for more than two days or get worse, consult your healthcare professional.

Tips for Managing Diarrhea

Reasons to Treat Diarrhea

Why treat diarrhea?

The sooner you can treat can treat your symptoms, the sooner you can begin to feel like yourself again, helping you to get on with your day.