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Digestive Disorders

Immediate projectile diarrhea



Periodically, immediately following a meal {within minutes} I have projectile diarrhea with sweet-smelling fecal material. Type of food seems not to be a common demoninator. There are times when following a social event I will try to vomit before the cramps and diarrhea occur. Could I take Imodium prophylactically for such events?


You did not mention your age nor how often or how long this diarrhea has been occurring. In general, if these symptoms have been occurring on a chronic basis (more than a few months) or if you are over age fifty, you might want to see your doctor for an evaluation before self-treating. Imodium actually may be helpful in preventing urgency and diarrhea after meals in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, but as stated above, only your doctor can determine if that`s what you have.

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John D Long, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati