What is Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is more common than some people may believe. It is estimated that each year, US adults in total experience 99 million episodes of acute diarrhea.1

Diarrhea is the abnormal passage of stools with increased frequency, fluidity, and weight, or with increased stool water excretion.

Acute diarrhea is the sudden onset in a previously healthy person. It lasts from 3 days to 2 weeks and is self-limiting. 

It is important that you contact your doctor if diarrhea lasts for more than two days after using an anti-diarrheal medication.