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How long do penicillin side effects like diarrhea last? Imodium ad doesn't help. What about probiotics?

How long do penicillin side effects like diarrhea last? Imodium ad doesn't help. What about probiotics?

Diarrhea: 43 F asks: How long do penicillin side effects like diarrhea last? Imodium ad doesn't help. What about probiotics? ANS: if you have C Diff diarrhea it may last until you die. See your Dr to find out what you have. Then treatment will be easier and faster. ...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'm on my third day of taking VSL 3 probiotic and have horrible diarrhea. Is this a common side effect?

I'm on my third day of taking VSL 3 probiotic and have horrible diarrhea. Is this a common side effect?

Probiotic troubles: I wonder whether the diarrhea might have come from some antibiotics that were given recently or this product? Sometimes there can be abdominal discomfort or even diarrhea with these products - depending on your tolerances. You should probably stop taking them and call your GI doctor for help. In the mean time, taking in some fluids/chicken soup will help with the volume losses. Hope u feel better. ...Read more

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Docs, what's a gentle probiotic to take if you have problems with diarrhea?

Docs, what's a gentle probiotic to take if you have problems with diarrhea?

Probiotics: If you have GI symptoms and have seen your doctor, a multi-strain probiotic is a good. Recent research points to the bacteria in the gut as influencing mood and overall health so a probiotic can be helpful for all of us. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is a good comparison to probiotic? And will it help with severe diarrhea?

What is a good comparison to probiotic? And will it help with severe diarrhea?

Probiotics: Probiotics can help in people who have digestive problems and bowel irregularities. Many varieties are available over the counter, such as align, florastor, acidophilus. ...Read more

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Could probiotics cause diarrhea and burping?

Could probiotics cause diarrhea and burping?

Yes in some: Probiotics can cause diarrhea and bloating in some pople. ...Read more

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Will probiotics help with diarrhea?

Will probiotics help with diarrhea?

They usually do help: When having diarrhea but it all depends what's causing the squirts to begin with... ...Read more

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Can probiotics help you avoid diarrhea?

Can probiotics help you avoid diarrhea?

Yes: Probiotics can help replenish the gut with healthy microbes. ...Read more

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Would probiotics help chronic diarrhea for the elderly?

Would probiotics help chronic diarrhea for the elderly?

Probiotics helpful: Try elimination diet.
Go dairy free for 1 month except yogurt & butter milk
If no improvement, try gluten free diet.
Good quality probiotics daily.
Yogurt drinks with good bacteriae like kefir is good.
Avoid caffeine.Have you seen a doctor for this? ...Read more

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Never had digestive issues and take probiotics daily. 4 weeks ago started having diarrhea and I still have it. It looks like powder. Any ideas?

Never had digestive issues and take probiotics daily. 4 weeks ago started having diarrhea and I still have it. It looks like powder. Any ideas?

Diarrhea: For that length of time is serious. You MAY develop electrolyte imbalance and dehydration. Please see your doctor. Personality traits such as Type A too hard working MAY be a PART of the picture. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can too much probiotic cause diarrhea? Today I've had a probiotic pill, a kombucha drink and yogurt. Then soon after the yogurt experienced "d"

Can too much probiotic cause diarrhea? Today I've had a probiotic pill, a kombucha drink and yogurt. Then soon after the yogurt experienced "d"

May be: Probiotics have not been shown to be beneficial, the commercial messages notwithstanding.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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How many probiotics (10 billion capsules) per day do you recommend for IBS (diarrhea)?

How many probiotics (10 billion capsules) per day do you recommend for IBS (diarrhea)?

Please do not: Think that higher numbers of probiotics are better. It safer to look for mixed probiotics. The refrigerated are generally stronger because they are more alive. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the best probiotic to use if you have ibs? Also what would be the best medicine? (if I decide to go that route) somewhat frequent diarrhea

What is the best probiotic to use if you have ibs? Also what would be the best medicine? (if I decide to go that route) somewhat frequent diarrhea

Please do not: Think that higher numbers of probiotics are better. It is better to look for mixed probiotics. The refrigerated are generally stronger because they are more alive. Peace and good health. Another type of doc may answer this question too and address conventional medications. ...Read more

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How to treat episodes of diarrhea? Probiotics? Bread? And solutions for gas too would be appreciated.

How to treat episodes of diarrhea? Probiotics? Bread? And solutions for gas too would be appreciated.

Endefen is a natural: Product used to help w/GI symptoms. Start w/seeing your doc first to get a proper diagnosis. Take Endefen to see if it helps. Also consider a food sensitivity test by Great Plains Laboratory in Kansas. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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In May last colonoscopy which was ok. After that bouts of diarrhea lasting 1week & nothing for 1week. Md face me probiotics what is wrong?

In May last colonoscopy which was ok. After that bouts of diarrhea lasting 1week & nothing for 1week. Md face me probiotics what is wrong?

Considerations: So, did the diarrhea come back again after not having it for a week? Is it literally every other week? Have you carefully reviewed your diet-any changes? Are you under a lot of stress? Do the probiotics help? Do you have accompanying stomach pain or nausea? You and your doctor may consider a diagnosis of IBS if this continues, especially since your colonoscopy was normal. ...Read more

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Can difucan and probiotics work against eachother if someone is still having diarrhea and needs and antibiotc to fight a respiratory problem?

Can difucan and probiotics work against eachother if someone is still having diarrhea and needs and antibiotc to fight a respiratory problem?

No: Probiotics are supplements of "good" bacteria taken orally to replenish bacteria that can be suppressed by antibiotics or overgrowth of yeast in the gut. Diflucan (fluconazole) is an antifungal that will treat the yeast overgrowth. This can assist in the effectiveness of the probiotics, if that is your goal. ...Read more

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I had antibiotic associated diarrhea bad after being on 2 differnt Antibiotics. Been on probiotics. How long before I can take antibiotics again?

I had antibiotic associated diarrhea bad after being on 2 differnt Antibiotics. Been on probiotics. How long before I can take antibiotics again?

Depends: The answer depends on many factors. Did you have an infection with C. difficile? How severe? Which antibiotic contributed to your infection? What is the severity of the new illness requiring antibiotics? Will it need to be treated with the same antibiotic that gave you troubles before? As you can see, the answer is complex, and will need to be addressed by your physician at the time. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have had c.diff before and I am having awful diarrhea after taking keflex I have been taking probiotics but nothing is helping what should I do?

See your physician: See your physician now who will do a test for C.diff toxin and start treatment for C.diff pending results. Probiotics may not prevent C.diff but the best probiotic to try may be Florastor. ...Read more

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Leaving for10 day vaca today. Do not want diarrhea, started vanco yesterday, can I use imodium (loperamide) and probiotics? 5 hr plane trip. Help ty

Leaving for10 day vaca today. Do not want diarrhea, started vanco yesterday, can I use imodium (loperamide) and probiotics? 5 hr plane trip. Help ty

Yes: I particularly advise culturelle, a specific probiotic available at many pharmacies, and florastor. These will help prevent the most serious types of diarrhea associated with vancomycin. No need to use Imodium (loperamide) unless you actually get diarrhea.
Have a good vacation! ...Read more

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Diarrhea returned 3weeks after taking clindamycin for 5 days. Yogurt (probiotics) made diarrhea better. Possible in the case of c difficile colitis?

Diarrhea returned 3weeks after taking clindamycin for 5 days. Yogurt (probiotics) made diarrhea better. Possible in the case of c difficile colitis?

Clostridium: CDiff does have a significant relapse rate. It has to be 100% liquid in order for the lab to process the sample. Young people can tolerate symptoms much more than the elderly or ill and therefore tend to go on with the infection a lot longer before seeking treatment. It may resolve spontaneously. But better if you go to your primary, ID or GI doctor. Avoid clindamycin in the future. ...Read more

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6 days left of Lamisil (terbinafine) course. Diarrhea for past 10 days, worsening now. Diet consist of bananas, bread, h2o only. Can you recommend a probiotic pleas?

6 days left of Lamisil (terbinafine) course. Diarrhea for past 10 days, worsening now. Diet consist of bananas, bread, h2o only. Can you recommend a probiotic pleas?

Probiotics...: Two probiotics I trust and recommend to my patients are align and vsl #3. In addition to the brat diet which you appear to be on, you could try taking an anti-diarrheal such as kaopectate or Imodium (loperamide) to help control frequency of diarrhea. Your bottom will thank you if you switch from tp to flushable wet wipes. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have diarrhea for about two weeks, doctor gave me some antibiotics and probiotics and it hasn't gone away. What should I do?

I have diarrhea for about two weeks, doctor gave me some antibiotics and probiotics and it hasn't gone away. What should I do?

Stool testing: You may need more tests of your stool to rule out infections. If negative, sometimes a colonoscopy can help figure out the problem. A good clinical history is most important though and should be done by your gastroenterologist or primary care provider. ...Read more

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Had acute pancreatitis 2 years ago due to gallbladder disease. Gallbladder out. Left with diarrhea. Can't gain weight. Are probiotics safe?

Had acute pancreatitis 2 years ago due to gallbladder disease. Gallbladder out. Left with diarrhea. Can't gain weight. Are probiotics safe?

Probiotics a waste: Need Questran (cholestyramine) to bind the bile acids now constantly flowing into your intestine. Also suppliment the Fat soluble vits D, E, K, A. and the B COMPLEX (water soluble) ...Read more

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I am Canadian and travelling to South America. I was unable to take dukerol for travellers diarrhea. Should I bring a antibiotic? Probiotic?

I am Canadian and travelling to South America. I was unable to take dukerol for travellers diarrhea. Should I bring a antibiotic? Probiotic?

South America Travel: I would not recommend taking any antibiotic prophylactically. However, if you can, it would be helpful if you had your doctor give you prescriptions for ciprofloxacin and metronidazole and get them filled to take with you. These two antibiotics should take care of any intestinal problems you might pick up. Have a safe trip. ...Read more

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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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Diarrhea (Definition)

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