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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...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