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I used to eat ~1 cup of yogurt/day but stopped recently. For the last few weeks I've had loose stools 1x/day. Is this related due to probiotics?

I used to eat ~1 cup of yogurt/day but stopped recently. For the last few weeks I've had loose stools 1x/day. Is this related due to probiotics?

Could be: A lot of things. Mostly the calcium and lack of fiber in yogurt is more likely. The probiotics is a bit tricky because most commercial yogurt isn't that good on quality control of the living bacteria.
Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, ...Read more

Probiotic (Definition)

Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more


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I've been having loose stools for a week. I don't feel sickly. Lots of gas and my BM are just off. I take probiotics. RX'd with IBS at 24. Worrying! ?

I've been having loose stools for a week. I don't feel sickly. Lots of gas and my BM are just off. I take probiotics. RX'd with IBS at 24. Worrying! ?

Don't worry yet: If you don't feel "sick" I'm less concerned about a dangerous pathological process, but something is going on and it should be evaluated. I would see a functional medicine physician or an integrative gastroenterologist. In our clinic we would begin by ordering a comprehensive digestive analysis test which would guide the recommended treatment. As said in functional medicine "Heal the gut"!! ...Read more

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Persistent loose stools/diareah, cramping, nausea 3 weeks after taking z pack then tamiflu (oseltamivir). Should I take probiotics orally?

Persistent loose stools/diareah, cramping, nausea 3 weeks after taking z pack then tamiflu (oseltamivir). Should I take probiotics orally?

TAKE PROBIOTIC (S): It is not uncommon for antibiotics to disrupt the internal mileu of the gastrointestinal system and thus, cause loose bowels, diarrhea, yeast infection, etc. Good bacteria (e.g., lactobacillus acidophilus) in the gut need to be replenished. Get professional quality probiotics that either: (1) pass through stomach acid without being destroyed; or (2) are very potent (e.g., 100+ billion organisms). ...Read more

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Hello I have been having loose stool for about 2 weeks, sometimes straining. It must be something I ate, just began probiotics last night, any other recommendations?

Hello I have been having loose stool for about 2 weeks, sometimes straining. It must be something I ate, just began probiotics last night, any other recommendations?

Long time for that: (run of the mill food poisoning) but could still be an infection. You can try Saccharamyces in addition to the standard probiotics, (taken once or twice daily) and one Charco Cap after each loose BM (not with other meds or probiotics though). If it keeps up or if much pain or any fever, time to see someone. Good luck! ...Read more

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I take a daily probiotic yet still have uncomfortable (and smelly) gas and sometimes loose stool. What can I do? What might be causing this?

I take a daily probiotic yet still have uncomfortable (and smelly) gas and sometimes loose stool. What can I do? What might be causing this?

Food: It's because of food you are eating. Bacteria in the gut break down what your body doesn't digest well, and produces the foul smelling gas. Your body is telling you something. Keeping a daily food diary will help reveal which foods make it worse. Some common problems are lactose intolerance or food allergies. ...Read more

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Was on omnicef (cefdinir) for 10 days start may 24. Taking probiotics floraster, lactobacillus, bifodobacterium. Is loose stool normal w probiotics? Will it end?

Was on omnicef (cefdinir) for 10 days start may 24. Taking probiotics floraster, lactobacillus, bifodobacterium. Is loose stool normal w probiotics? Will it end?

Yes: The loose stools are most likely from the Omnicef (cefdinir) not the probiotic and is should improve when you complete it but if it doesn't you should see your doctor since there are colon infections that you can get from antibiotics. ...Read more

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Loose stool for 2 weeks. Ate rice, yogurt, probiotics and it went away. Then constipation now loose stool again. Is this IBS? Do I need to see dr?

Loose stool for 2 weeks. Ate rice, yogurt, probiotics and it went away. Then constipation now loose stool again. Is this IBS? Do I need to see dr?

Yes, see doc: For proper diagnosis. You may have a food sensitivity, stress, or IBS, which is a catch all diagnosis for too slow or too fast motility in the gut. Please look at both physical and emotional factors. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I get severe gut trouble with erythromycin, if I take probiotics, will this problem be prevented, ie; loose stool & stomach pain? Thanks

Maybe not...: As suggested in the prior answer, Erythromycin is a pro-motility drug that alters stomach contractions. Probiotics, despite their benefits in general, will likely not help your particular problem since they may be inhibited by your taking erythromycin. Probiotics best utility is in supporting & supplementing the colonic flora. ...Read more

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Can Cravit 500mg cause yellow mucousy loose stools? I have a lot of anxiety taking antibiotics. Also I'm taking 1000mg of rakubi-n (probiotic) 3/day.

Can Cravit 500mg cause yellow mucousy loose stools? I have a lot of anxiety taking antibiotics. Also I'm taking 1000mg of rakubi-n (probiotic) 3/day.

It could: Cravat is a brand name for ciprofloxacin. The main side effects of antibiotics is GI upset. They can kill the bacteria in the gut as well as the area that you intended. Probiotics help repopulate the gut and will reduce the incidence of diahrrea. Talk to your doc about your anxieties. ...Read more

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Dry heaved other nigh with, loose stools. Next night diarrhea twice with vomiting. Food poisoning or bug? Should take probiotic?

Dry heaved other nigh with, loose stools. Next night diarrhea twice with vomiting. Food poisoning or bug? Should take probiotic?

Sure can: Certainly sounds like food poisoning (and food poisoning is caused by a "bug"). Can you identify what food may have caused it? If it is food poisoning, it should resolve within a couple of days. If it does not, see your primary care doc. Probiotics are a reasonable thing to take along with plenty of hydration. I would not recommend taking medication to slow down loose stools. ...Read more

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Prescribed z-pack for 7 days for travelers diarrhea. Had normal stools until last day of z-pack, then had very loose stools. 1month since the end of my z-pack and I still have loose stools. Already taking probiotics. Can loose stools last this long?

Prescribed z-pack for 7 days for travelers diarrhea. Had normal stools until last day of z-pack, then had very loose stools. 1month since the end of my z-pack and I still have loose stools. Already taking probiotics. Can loose stools last this long?

Giardia? IBS?: Azithromycin is effective against only some causes of traveler's diarrhea, not all. But even without Rx, TD usually resolves entirely within a month. Loose stools due to the antibiotic also should not last this long. You should be evaluated for other causes, such as giardia, an intestinal parasite common in some travelers. Also, new research shows that TD can trigger irritable bowel syndrome. ...Read more

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Can upper and lower abdo cysts cause loose stools? U/S reveals 2 not sure exact location.

Can upper and lower abdo cysts cause loose stools? U/S reveals 2 not sure exact location.

Hmm: Unless the cysts are in your intestine then it is unlikely related to loose stool. I would review these tests with your doctor and see the next plan of action ...Read more

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Can stopping Omperazole suddenly cause loose stools and for you to be bloated??

Possible: Yes, it is possible; try restarting it for a few days and see how it goes; ...Read more

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What are some common causes loose stools in adults and how do you get rid of it?

What are some common causes loose stools in adults and how do you get rid of it?

See a doctor: The answer to your question could fill a good textbook, and the answer to getting rid of it depends upon the cause. See a good doctor and find out what is wrong. ...Read more

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Can a high fat and sugar diet cause loose stools? If not what GI symptoms can it cause?

Can a high fat and sugar diet cause loose stools? If not what GI symptoms can it cause?

Yes it can: High fat and sugar diet can cause loose stool specially if it was associated with stress try to balance your diet and manage your stress see your doctor good luck ...Read more

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Does chronic appendicitis cause loose stools or diarreah or it docent mess with your stools?

Does chronic appendicitis cause loose stools or diarreah or it docent mess with your stools?

Chronic appendicitis: Does not exist. You either have appendicitis in which case you need treatment with surgery or more recent studies suggest antibiotics alone may be all that is necessary or your symptoms are due to something else. ...Read more

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Single episode explosive bloody diahorrea, loose stools two weeks, left side twinges, nausea, causes please?

Single episode explosive bloody diahorrea, loose stools two weeks, left side twinges, nausea, causes please?

Blood diarrhea: Those findings suggest infectious diarrhea. You need to consult your physician and have a stool examination and culture. ...Read more

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Does chocolate cause loose stools?

Does chocolate cause loose stools?

For some: For some people it may cause loose bowel movements either as a result of lactose or caffeine sensitivity. For others if you eat too much chocolate you may also have loose stools. ...Read more

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Loose stools in children. Would a disease or just random loose poops w/o reasons be the likely cause?

Loose stools in children. Would a disease or just random loose poops w/o reasons be the likely cause?

Most often dietary: Most often just random event due to dietary changes - if chronic or have blood see your doctor. ...Read more

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I get frequent loose stools (gi tests normal) and have for many years. Do frequent loose stools over time cause any long term health problems?

I get frequent loose stools (gi tests normal) and have for many years. Do frequent loose stools over time cause any long term health problems?

Doctor can evaluate: "loose stools" means different things to different people. "frequent" also has many meanings (some call once a week frequent; others once a day). So, a primary care doctor or a GI specialist will have to get the entire story and run some tests. If there is celiac disease, some soretof hormonal problem, a malabsorption of certain nutrients, etc... Then some long term problems might appear. ...Read more

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Can hemorrhoids cause loose stools?

Can hemorrhoids cause loose stools?

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. ...Read more

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What could cause loose stools with ammonia smell?

What could cause loose stools with ammonia smell?

Not sure I can: Help you but clostridium difficile colitis as well as bacterial dystentery have been known to cause such smells. We need further information about your stool consistency and other factors in digestion. Please repost with more information or see a Healthcare provider on HealthTap or near you. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more