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A male asked:

Can hemorrhoids cause loose stools?

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Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Usually not: Hemorrhoids are distended/swollen veins of the rectal area. They typically are a result of constipation or sitting or straining too long or much. Sometimes the medication people use to hep the swelling loosens up fecal material (glycerin) but the hemorrhoids themselves are not a cause of loose stools.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

Do suppositories for hemorrhoids cause loose stools and leakage?

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Dr. Harold Mandel
General Practice 39 years experience
Not generally : There can always be individualized side effects from medications, but loose stools and leakage are not a problem generally seen as a side effect from suppositories for hemorrhoids. However, you should stop using this medication & tell your doctor right away if you experience the rare side effects of fast &/or irregular heartbeat, a pounding headache, nervousness, shakiness, or trouble sleeping.
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Last updated Mar 18, 2019


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