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Do you have frequent diarrhoea?

Many people suffer from diarrhoea frequently. You are not alone.

Do you suffer frequently?

Diarrhoea can be stressful, especially if experienced on a regular basis, you never know when it might return. It can also be embarrassing to talk about, so may go untreated for long periods of time. It can be hard to pin down the cause, and can disrupt the way you go about your day-to-day life, so it’s worth finding out about ways in which you can deal with it.


  • If diarrhoea persists beyond 48 hours seek medical advice as soon as possible.
  • Fluid and electrolyte depletion may occur when suffering diarrhoea.
  • If dehydration is suspected seek medical attention.
  • Check with your employer before returning to work to avoid putting others at risk.
  • Maintain good hand hygiene by regular washing or use of a hand sanitiser.

A recent survey found 76% of us feel weak and lacking energy after suffering from diarrhoea yet 59% of bouts are left untreated. So we’ve put together advice to help you understand the symptoms better and how to treat your diarrhoea effectively.

How often do you suffer from diarrhoea?

Survey data suggests that more than one in ten* people could experience diarrhoea frequently, that is once a month or more often. More frequent or persistent diarrhoea can be caused by an underlying medical condition, so you may need to see your healthcare professional. There are a number of reasons why some people experience diarrhoea more frequently, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), dietary factors, stress or anxiety, and hormonal factors. In many cases, IMODIUM® can help. When your body is out of rhythm, IMODIUM® provides gentle relief and acts to restore your body's natural rhythm by working with the body to slow the digestive system down.

Even though frequent diarrhoea is quite common, it can be hard to find reliable information on the subject and sometimes talking about it can be difficult. It can be disruptive and sometimes hard to know where to go for advice.

That’s why we’ve brought together advice in our dealing with stress and anxiety and tips on lifestyle section. We hope it will be a useful starting point to reduce the disruption that comes with diarrhoea.

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Why does it happen to me?

Anyone can experience diarrhoea, and all the discomfort and disruption that go along with it. For most people it’s occasional, a tummy bug or travel related. But some people suffer more frequently, and for them it can be stress and diet related triggers amongst other things that bring on a bout of diarrhoea. We want to help you to identify your causes and help manage your symptoms.

Frequent diarrhoea: the facts

Diarrhoea occurring more frequently can be caused by a number of factors; from the food you eat to how much Stress and anxiety you have in your life. It can also be made worse by other illnesses or if you are having your period. Longer lasting or persistently recurrent diarrhoea can indicate an underlying medical condition, so you may need to consult your doctor.

A simple change in lifestyle might make all the difference. See our treatment section to help you minimise the disruption diarrhoea can cause.

Lifestyle tips

When you have diarrhoea you just want to get through to the other side. There are all sorts of enjoyable and healthy things you can do to help improve your digestive health. Check out our Support and Advice area to find out more.



IMODIUM® has been helping diarrhoea sufferers globally for 40 years. Get quick answers to common questions and advice on key diarrhoea related topics.


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