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What are some good treatments for antibiotic-associated diarrhea?

What are some good treatments for antibiotic-associated diarrhea?

Stop abx.: Ideally if possible, stop the offending agent in this case the antibiotic (abx). You probably also want to make sure it's not a c-diff infection. The timing of the diarrhea as well as some stool tests can help determine that. ...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


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Is it possible to get Antibiotic-associated colitis without diarrhea? I seem to match up with all the symptoms but that, after a hefty triple therapy.

Is it possible to get Antibiotic-associated colitis without diarrhea? I seem to match up with all the symptoms but that, after a hefty triple therapy.

Dangerous C. diff: Yes, unfortunately it is possible to have colitis without diarrhea and if you think you have this, you need to be checked today by a doctor. Sometimes a patient may take an antidiarrheal or the illness itself causes a temporary 'bowel paralysis' so this needs to be evaluated for. A host of screening tests can help the doc make this diagnosis — so I suggest calling your primary MD and go to an E.R. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have diarrhea from treatment with antibiotics?

Is it normal to have diarrhea from treatment with antibiotics?

Depends: If you're being treated with potent antibiotics, multiple antibiotics, or prolonged antibiotic therapy diarhea can occur. It kills off the normal flora in the bowels and an overgrowth oportunistic organisms can occur. The normal flora usually keeps the bugs in check but the abx kills them off and allows the rogue bacteria to grow and cause the symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there a reason for why IgG levels improved with treatment of diarrhea with rotating antibiotics, history of uc, epi, j-pouch?

Is there a reason for why IgG levels improved with treatment of diarrhea with rotating antibiotics, history of uc, epi, j-pouch?

Protein lost: Chronic diarrhea, especially when it associates with inflammatory bowel disease can cause protein lost from your gut. It is called protein losing enteropathy. Losing protein may include losing igg. When diarrhea or your uc is treated properly, there is less protein lost from your gut, thus improving igg level. ...Read more

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Have had 2 rounds of Antibiotics, 1 round of steroids to help get over cough from flu. Now I seem to have chronic diarrhea. OTC treatment options?

Have had 2 rounds of Antibiotics, 1 round of steroids to help get over cough from flu. Now I seem to have chronic diarrhea. OTC treatment options?

C diff: Clostridium difficile or C diff for short has to be ruled out before you start treating yourself with OTC meds. Its intestinal bacteria that commonly associated with prior antibiotics use and may cause diarrhea and colitis. Please, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have diarrhea during and then after you have stopped taking antibiotics? I took a course of antibiotics for a week for a sinus infection. During treatment I had moderately severe diarrhea. It has been over a week and a half

Is it normal to have diarrhea during and then after you have stopped taking antibiotics? I took a course of antibiotics for a week for a sinus infection.  During treatment I had moderately severe diarrhea.  It has been over a week and a half

No: Antibiotics frequently cause diarrhea. Antibiotics can also cause clostridium difficile colitis which is more serious and needs treatment. If your diarrhea continues you need to have your stool checked for c. Difficile toxin. In the future, taking a probiotic like vsl#3 has been shown to prevent antibiotic associated diarrhea and c. Difficile disease. Good luck. I hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Do antibiotics cause diarrhea?

Do antibiotics cause diarrhea?

Yes: Most antibiotics can cause diarrhea while they are being taken. Some antibiotics can cause an overgrowth of clostridium difficile (also known as "c-diff"), and this causes serious diarrhea, especially in the elderly. This diarrhea can occur as much as 6 weeks after stopping the antibiotic. Patients should notify their physician is they have diarrhea while taking or after taking antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics cause diarrhea?

Can antibiotics cause diarrhea?

Yes they can: Yes Antibiotics can and do cause diarrhea in some people and some antibiotics tend to cause mor cases of diarrhea than others
But diarrhea is a common side effect of Antibiotics ...Read more

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Why do antibiotics give me diarrhea?

Why do antibiotics give me diarrhea?

Many reasons: Antibiotics can cause diarrhea because they kill the good bacterial flora in the colon. Some patients will take probiotics to help recolonize with good bacteria. However, antibiotics can also cause another bacteria clostridium difficile to grow. This bacteria can cause diarrhea on its own. If you develop increased abdominal pain or GI bleeding while on antibiotics, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can expired antibiotic cause diarrhea?

Can expired antibiotic cause diarrhea?

Any antibiotic: Many antibiotics can cause diarrhea, whether they 're expired or not. In fact, an expired antibiotic may be less likely to cause diarrhea as it becomes less effective. ...Read more

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10 days Diarrhea after taking antibiotics?

10 days Diarrhea after taking antibiotics?

Diarrhea: It is possible you may have C DIFF (clostridium difficile) colitis. A stool test can help determine this. Please take probiotics (lactobacillus acidophilus) which are available without prescription, and stay hydrated. Seek medical attention right away. ...Read more

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Can you take Imodium for antibiotic induced diarrhea?

Can you take Imodium for antibiotic induced diarrhea?

Antibiotic diarrhea: No. Test for C difficile a bacterium associated with antibiotic induced diarrhea. If c diff treat with Flagyl/ vancomycin. Consider changing medication or stopping the med . Sometimes metamucil may also give bulk (even though it is used for constipation) as it absorbs water. Keep hydrated. Call your doc today and discuss ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics will the diarrhea end?

How long after taking antibiotics will the diarrhea end?

Depends: Sometimes the antibiotics cause another infection called c. Diff. This can be tested for by stool testing. In this case the diarrhea may persist after finishing your course

Many antibiotics also kill off the good flora in the intestine causing diarrhea, but usually the bacteria should grow back in 48-72 hours. ...Read more

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Should I take Imodium for travellers diarrhea? Antibiotics?

Should I take Imodium for travellers diarrhea? Antibiotics?

Only if sick ! : Antibiotics would not be advised unless you know what you've got, usually avoid antibiotics with Salmonella gastrenteritis ...Read more

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Diarrhea in an 8-month old with antibiotic use with puenonia?

Diarrhea in an 8-month old with antibiotic use with puenonia?

Not uncommon: As long as it is not severe, do be patient. If severe, very watery with pain, a change of medications may be needed. A bland cereal, apple sauce type diet helps. Avoid juices. Please be aware of incidental stomach flu type infections too. ...Read more

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Iam going thru antibiotic diarrhea. Does drinking electrolyte stop my diarrhea?

Probiotics: Probiotics might reduce your diarrhea related to antibiotics. Drinking fluids with electrolytes will prevent dehydration from the diarrhea but won't stop it. The diarrhea most frequently resolve once the antibiotic therapy is completed. If persists you may need a stool test. ...Read more

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I am 26 years old. I have been having acute diarrhea for the past 72hours. I was on a course of antibiotics for tonsillitis before the diarrhea.?

I am 26 years old. I have been having acute diarrhea for the past 72hours. I was on a course of antibiotics for tonsillitis before the diarrhea.?

Common: Antibiotics are notorious for leading to diarrhea. Which one are you on? C. Diff infection can also result for antibiotic utilization and can be checked easily by giving a stool sample. ...Read more

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I'm on antibiotics that causing diarrhea am i absorbing calories eating if not about how much can I be loosing and how can I get the calories back?

Discuss with doctor: First, this could well be a reaction to the antibiotic, and it needs to be changed. Why are u on the antibiotic in the first place? In addition, there is a condition of a bacterium that multiplies as a result of antibiotics, clostridium difficile, and this has to be ruled out as a source of the problem. ...Read more

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Symptoms started sept 2013... Diarrhea after foods about 5-10 times a day. Parasite treated with antibiotics. Now a jan 2015. Still, have diarrhea,?

Symptoms started sept 2013... Diarrhea after foods about 5-10 times a day. Parasite treated with antibiotics. Now a jan 2015. Still, have diarrhea,?

Diarrhea: If you have diarrhea after receiving antibiotics you may have Clostridium difficile colitis. You should be seen by a doctor and your stools examined appropriately. It would be helpful to know what parasite you had and with what you were treated. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could antibiotics treat diarrhea?

NotNormally/rarely: Most Diarrheas are not treated with Antibiotics but there are few exceptions Rarely for certain Bacterial Infections Antibiotics are used like CDifficle, Salmonella and certain others ...Read more

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I've had diarrhea for a month. Now worse being on antibiotics?

I've had diarrhea for a month. Now worse being on antibiotics?

Diarrhea: Diarrhea for 1 month is chronic diarrhea. Your stools should be analyzed for bacteria and parasites. Ask your doctor about the antibiotics. If the cause is unclear or if you have blood in your stool you may require a colonoscopy. Yogurt or probiotics may help while you are going through this process. ...Read more

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How can I prevent getting diarrhea while on antibiotics?

How can I prevent getting diarrhea while on antibiotics?

Probiotics: Some probiotics while taken during your cousre of antibiotic therapy can lessen your chance of getting a superinfection called c. Diff. Some common ones used are lactobacillus, florastor. ...Read more

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What can be used to treat antibiotic associated diarrhea?

What can be used to treat antibiotic associated diarrhea?

Flagyl/Vancomycin: Antibiotics (especially clindamycin) select for the overproliferation of clostridium difficile in the colon which can lead to profuse, watery diarrhea (and ultimately megacolon). For severe cases, a course of Metronidazole (flagyl) or vancomycin is the mainstay therapy. Fidaxomicin (dificid) is a newer drug that is also being used to selectively target pathogenic c. Difficile. ...Read more

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Any tips for dealing with antibiotic-associated diarrhea?

Any tips for dealing with antibiotic-associated diarrhea?

C.difficile needs Rx: C. Difficile is pathogenic in older children & adults (whose colonic microflora are altered by antibiotics, chemotherapy, salmonella/shigella). C. Diff causes pseudomembranous & other colitis, complicates inflammatory bowel disease, causes fulminant transmural extension, perforation with peritonitis, toxic megacolon. Florastor is otc probiotic that may help suppress c. Diff, but if sick get treated. ...Read more

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Can the brat diet work for diarrhea caused by an antibiotic?

A little: Due to the imbalance of healthy bacteria killed by the antibiotics, you need to establish good bacteria in the colon. There are foods that can help do this in addition to the brat diet. Whole wheat products, bananas help for short chained fructooligosaccharides which promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon and reestablish the balance between yeast and good bacteria. ...Read more

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Does everyone have diarrhea or side effects with antibiotics?

Does everyone have diarrhea or side effects with antibiotics?

No: No they do not. Side effects vary from person to person and drug to drug. Some have little or no side effects while other antibiotics are known to have more side effects. Your md will tell you what you should look out for when prescribing an antibiotic. ...Read more

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How could the antibiotics have played a role in the diarrhea?

How could the antibiotics have played a role in the diarrhea?

Kill bacteria: Most antibiotics can cause diarrhea, but killing some normal bacteria that live in your GI tract. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

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