Please note: this guideline has exceeded its review date and is currently under review by specialists. Exercise caution in the use of the clinical guideline.

Management of Diarrhoea

Therapy Dosing advice
Oral rehydration salts e.g. Dioralyte® 1–2 sachets after every loose motion. Each sachet is reconstituted with 200ml of water.
Loperamide 4mg initially followed by 2mg after each loose stool, up to a maximum of 16mg daily.

Note: If Clostridium difficile is suspected, see here for management. In such cases loperamide is not appropriate.


Guideline reviewed: August 2020

Page last updated: November 2022