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Can Probiotics Cause Loose Stools
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?
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
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
Why is my 6 year old son having loose stools for the past five weeks? He is allergic to dairy and is on probiotics as suggested by doctor.
Probiotics: How long has he been on probiotics. What part of the milk? Was he checked for parasites? What is the probiotics made from or grown on? ...Read more
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
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
During loose stool I'm taking antibiotic course... of ciprophloxin.. Can I take entrogermina along. The probiotic.. Or no?
Okay to take: Okay to take probiotics along with ciprofloxacin. ...Read more
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
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
Was on omnicef (cefdinir) for 10 days start may 24. Taking probiotics floraster, lactobacillus, bifodobacterium. Is loose stool normal w probiotics? Will it end?
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?
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
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
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
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
Possible: Yes, it is possible; try restarting it for a few days and see how it goes; ...Read more
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
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
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
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
I have been having loose stools for at least a year now with undigested food. No.blood or pain but I'm wondering what the cause is. I know I'm not nea?
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
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
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
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