Daily OTC Pearl: Kaopectate

Kaopectate treats diarrhea, heartburn, nausea, and upset stomach.

OTC/Lifestyle Pearl of the Day: Kaopectate

Indication: Kaopectate treats diarrhea, heartburn, nausea, and upset stomach.


  • Ingredients: Caramel, carboxymethylcellulose sodium, flavor, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium salicylate, sorbic acid, sucrose, water, xanthan gum.
  • Directions: Adults and children 12 years of age and older take 1 dose (30 ml) every 30 minutes to 1 hour as needed.
  • Do not exceed 8 doses (240 mL) in 24 hours use until diarrhea stops but not more than 2 days.
  • For children under 12 years of age, ask a physician.
  • Drink plenty of clear fluids to help prevent dehydration caused by diarrhea.
  • Shake well immediately before each use. Only use pre-measured dose cup.
  • When using this product, a temporary, but harmless, darkening of the stool and/or tongue may occur.
  • When using this product, if changes in behavior with nausea and vomiting occur, consult a physician because these symptoms could be an early sign of Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness.


Kaopectate Diarrhea & Upset Stomach, Vanilla Flavor (instacart.com)

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