Kaopectate is effective at relieving diarrhea.
Kaopectate generally produces a bowel movement in 12 to 72 hours.
Kaopectate can be taken to relieve diarrhea cause by antibiotic use.
Kaopectate is not recommended for diarrhea caused by antibiotic use.
I have not lied to you. I can say these things because the asswipes that own the Kaopectate brand name, Chattem, Inc., have taken the original Kaopectate formula containing Attapulgite, which we all knew and loved as the only product to be used for antibiotic-induced diarrhea, and changed it to bismuth subsalicylate, the same ingredient found in Pepto Bismol. Bismuth subsalicylate is not recommended for relief of antibiotic induced diarrhea. It also should not be given to children with viral infections, which will be no source of confusion to people who remember the old "Children's Kaopectate" brand.
Wait, there's more. The caring professionals at Chattem have also decided to change the name of Surfak, a stool softening laxative to........Kaopectate.
So....Kaopectate makes you poop, and Kaopectate stops you from pooping. Clear as mud isn't it?
To be fair, Chattem isn't the only company that does this kind of marketing bullshit.
Maalox is Pepto Bismol as well. Except when it's just regular Maalox.
Remember, you can't give Pepto Bismol to children. unless it's children's Pepto, which is only an antacid, unlike Pepto Bismol, which works as an anti-nausea and anti-diarrheal as well. Proctor & Gamble chose to make this distinction clear by using the same color scheme and font for both Children's Pepto and Pepto Bismol, which are, again, two entirely different products. That's why the labels look almost exactly the same. And they both use the word "Pepto." Because they're different.
Tylenol is also Benadryl, which is also Nytol.
Midol is Tylenol with a dash of caffeine, except when Midol is Advil, or when Midol is Aleve.
Neosporin is Micatin, an effective athlete's foot remedy. Except when it's Neosporin the first aid ointment, which is totally ineffective against athlete's foot.
I could go on all night, but I prefer the simplicity of scotch, which is just scotch.