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A 42-year-old female asked:

I have severe diarrhea after gallbladder removal. questrin and whelcol helps for a short time but still have major problems with diarrhea?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andres Katz
Surgery - Vascular 50 years experience
Be patient: Rather uncommon diarrhea after cholecystectomy is well described. Continue with current regimen and wait. Most of the times it resolves. Lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) helps control partially.
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Bile diarrhea: After gallbladder removal or ERCP sphincterotomy bile enters the upper intestine more freely. Bile can be irritating to the intestine and colon in some people and you may be one of those sensitive to bile. Questran (cholestyramine) is a bile binder and usually manages this type of diarrhea. You may increase your questran (cholestyramine). Okay to check with your surgeon and GI doc about this problem.
Last updated Oct 12, 2020


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