“ Stomach Ailments / Dosage Form: Tablets / Type: Stomach Ailments „
Diocalm and I have been good friends for years, I even take a packet out with me just in case I have the dreaded diarrhoea whilst on my travels. They are round chewable tablets which come in two blister packs of 10, each chewable tablet a bit bigger than a 5p. They are a paleish brown/cream in colour, you just pop one in your mouth and chew when you have tummy problems - and hopefully all will be better and you can go on with your life.......
Diocalm Dual Action tablets have nearly always done exactly what is required for me. The dual action claim is a mixture of a small amount of Morphine Hydrochloride to soothe your poorly tummy, which acts on the muscle lining of the walls of your stomach and stops the horrible cramping pains that tend to follow diarrhoea, it also helps to slow the speed of your stools.
One problem is they don't taste very nice. You put one in your mouth and then chew, it's difficult to explain the taste and consistency, apart from saying they taste and feel like crumbly chalk in your mouth, then when you have chewed enough for the tablet to be swallowed, you take a good drink of water and spend the next few minutes trying to get the chalky taste out of your mouth, and also to get the Diocalm tablet remnants that are now stuck in your teeth!
The chalky taste is actually a clay mineral which is called "Attapulgite" and is something that has been used in medicine for 40 years, it goes through your stomach and is known as an "adsorbent", it is insoluble and does not enter your bloodstream to work, it helps your stools to get firmer by removing the germs or bacteria which may be causing your diarrhoea from your system.
Diocalm Dual Action costs approximately £3 for a box of 20 tablets, which are in 2 blister packs of 10 , and I think they are very economical, you can buy them at any chemist or supermarket without a prescription. The dosage for adults and children over 12 years is 2 tablets every 2-4 hours, up to a maximum dose of 12 tablets per 24 hours. However, I have found taking only ONE tablet when needed is best for me, so I would think if you were taking up 12 tablets in one day and you haven't had any relief from diarrhoea you should see your doctor as a matter of urgency.
About a month ago I was afflicted with an appalling stomach bug that really knocked me for six. I knew something was brewing as soon as I woke up when the smell of the haddock poaching for my three spoiled moggies' breakfast made me feel extremely sick. As the morning wore on I started to feel clammy and downright miserable, and then the stomach cramps began.
Within moments of feeling the first cramp I felt my insides start to do that squelchy thing that usually heralds the arrival of an episode of diarrhoea, oh lovely. And yes, without going into very much detail at all, the diarrhoea arrived shortly and the downright miserable feeling took a decided turn for the worst. Luckily (for me, not so for her!) my friend had chosen that day to pop in for a visit and when she realised I was rushing to the loo every five minutes she popped down to the chemist and gave me a pack of the wonderfully named Diocalm tablets.
Now, I am so sorry but I really must go into a bit of detail here to hammer home to you just how effective I found these tablets. Please feel free to skip this paragraph, in fact be my guest as the less people who read about my nasty bathroom problem the better as far as I am concerned! Anyway, my stomach bug was quite standard in that the aforementioned cramps were immediately followed by the horrible feeling of my bowels loosening and me having to get into the toilet as quickly as possible. I still had control of my bowel movements, but upon sitting on the loo I found my stools had a completely liquid consistency. I'm not prissy, I know we all have bouts of diarrhoea and let's face it, what better way of our body quickly expelling nasty bugs and offensive matter. But it's bloody miserable, isn't it?
By the time I took my first dose of Diocalm I had already been to the toilet at least three times and vomited twice, so there was not much left in my stomach for me to void. I did, however, continue to suffer with terrible cramps and the more or less constant urge to visit the bathroom even though when I got there I found myself sitting on the loo twiddling my thumbs because I didn't really need to 'go'.
As per the instruction leaflet I had taken two of the large orange tablets and chewed them thoroughly before swallowing. They didn't taste as bad as I thought they would, having a chalky citrus flavour not unlike those Haliborange vitamin tablets. The tablets have a gentle flavour and pleasing texture so as not to upset your stomach more than it already is.
I praised my friend for getting me precisely the right tablet for my condition, as these Diocalm have a dual action which claims to stop diarrhoea fast and also will relieve the pain while you are suffering from it. I can honestly say it works, and with bells on!
To be honest a few minutes after taking two Diocalm the cramps seemed worse than ever, presumably my stomach rebelling against the tablets and small amount of water I had sipped afterwards to rid my mouth of the chalkiness. Not long after these particularly painful cramps I realised the pains had lessened from the labour pain type cramps to a more manageable dull ache in the very pit of my stomach.
I only had to visit the bathroom once after taking the Diocalm tablets, and even that was more me worrying than actually feeling a proper need to go to the toilet.
Within six tablets I was feeling much, much better (although a little delicate); the cramps had gone completely and my bowels in general felt more stable. The stomach bug finally ran its course a couple of days later, but while I was still feeling under the weather I continued to take a couple of Diocalm whenever I felt my insides start churning and I really think they helped to control my symptoms so that I could cope with my day and not burst into tears at the slighest little twinge in my tummy.
I believe my friend paid around £3.20 for this packet of 20 tablets, which may sound expensive but considering the relief they provide I think it's money well spent and I would have paid double (triple!) for them!
May I just add that Diocalm are suitable for children from 6 years plus, although if your child has diarrhoea badly enough to need something like this then you really should consult a doctor to get to the root of the problem and possibly prescribe some nutrition drinks and re-hydration supplements.
The active ingredients in Diocalm Dual Action tablets are Morphine Hydrochloride (0.395mg), Activated Attapulgite (312.5mg) and Attapulgite (187.5mg). Presumably it's the Morphine Hydrochloride that aids the stomach cramps so well, I had never heard of Attapulgite before but quickly Googling the name tells me it's a mineral used to bind acids and toxic substances in the stomach and gut.
For the relief of occasional diarrhoea.