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Do Antibiotics Give You Gas
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possible: But what antibiotics are you talking about. Several may give some takers upper GI issues, some may alter intestinal bacterial flora and create problems in that fashion. Tell us what drugs you are referring to. ...Read more
Yes: Antibiotics frequently cause GI side effects including nausia, vomitting, diarrhea and bloating. Probiotics like vsl#3 have been shown to decrease the incidence of antibiotic induced diarrhea and c. Difficile disease. They are over the counter and might help your bloating as well. Feel better. ...Read more
Fermented...: Many fibers, particularly the water insoluble kind, are readily fermented by your gut flora. Some people have certain intolerances to bean husks (try beano), to wheat/barley/rye (gluten sensitivity), &/or have a particularly active population in their gut of gas-forming organisms (try bifidobacter-containing probiotics). Maybe altered GI motility, ibs, air swallowing, maldigestion/malabsorption? ...Read more
See below: Maybe the bacteria is not susceptible to the antibiotics, or there is some blockage or defect in the kidney drainage , or an abscess, not reached by antibiotics i am also not sure what you mean by not responding , maybe the fever if present is due to the antibiotic itself many possibilities need to be ruled out. ...Read more
How do you know if thick yellow/green mucous is bacterial or viral and if antibiotics are needed? Don't want unnecessary antibiotics.
Serious infection: Gas gangrene occurs from certain types of invasive bacteria that either enter the skin through a wound, or less commonly intestinal organisms that could leak into tissues through a hole. These are rapidly serious invasive infections that do not occur very often. Can be more common in diabetes or other immune deficiency situations. Needs emergency aggressive antibiotic therapy and often surgery. ...Read more
Gas: I recommend taking the over the counter medication called simethicone for gas issues. This is in many products such as gas-x or mylicon. Ask the pharmacist to help locate them. Seek the attention of a medical provider if symptoms continue despite these over the counter medications. ...Read more
Power of probiotics: Antibiotic use is usually associated with eliminating "good bacteria" dr your colon which then may promote overgrowth of other opportunistic bacteria. These produce gas as they consume micronutrients in the colonic lumen. The easy solution us to take probiotics along with antibiotics and also take antibiotics judiciously only if there're is a true evidence of a bacterial infection as indicated ...Read more
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