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Persistent loose stools/diareah , cramping, nausea 3 weeks after taking z pack then tamiflu (oseltamivir). Should i take probiotics orally?

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

Azithromycin (Definition)

Azithromycin (zithromax, azithrocin, zmax, azin)[1] is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics.[2][not in citation given (see discussion.)] it is derived from erythromycin, with a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom incorporated into the lactone ring, thus making ...Read more


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What can I use if i'm having stomach cramps and some diarrhea after taking z pack?

What can I use if i'm having stomach cramps and some diarrhea after taking z pack?

Probiotic: Take an over the counter probiotic to help your GI tract readjust to the loss of normal bacteria. ...Read more

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Can stress cause pouring diarrhea? Had an episode tonight. Having problems at work (stress) & also just started z-pak for sinus infection today. IBS?

Can stress cause pouring diarrhea? Had an episode tonight. Having problems at work (stress) & also just started z-pak for sinus infection today. IBS?

Diarrhea : you have at least two reasons that can explain your symptoms. One is stress,can definitely cause so called "gut-wrenching" experience and certain emotions can cause many GI symptoms: nausea, stomach pain and diarrhea. Zithromax or many other antibiotics can certainly cause diarrhea as well. Make sure you stay well hydrated and seek medical attention asap if symptoms persist or you develop fever or ...Read more

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I have a flu. Taking z pack and tamiflu (oseltamivir). Dont know if meds or food giving me diarrhea and nausea. Shud i take something for this or stop either meds?

I have a flu. Taking z pack and tamiflu (oseltamivir). Dont know if meds or food giving me diarrhea and nausea. Shud i take something for this or stop either meds?

Diarrhea: Both zithromax and tamiflu (oseltamivir) can cause diarrhea and nausea. Zithromax has no place in the treatment of flu. You do not need to be on an antibiotic (which is meant to kill bacteria) for a viral illness. Please discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Doctor prescribed z pack & steroids. I always take these same 2 meds for bronchitis/sinus inf and NEVER had this bad stomach pain/diarrhea.why now?

Doctor prescribed z pack & steroids. I always take these same 2 meds for bronchitis/sinus inf and NEVER had this bad stomach pain/diarrhea.why now?

A few possibilities: 1) There is a virus going around that tends to turn into a sinusitis, but also has stomach symptoms including diarrhea, 2) If you have recently been on other antibiotics the antibiotics could cause stomach problems and 3) the combination of Aleve (naproxen) and steroids can cause significant stomach problems - including bleeding ulcers. More information is needed to know why in your case! ...Read more

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Its been 4 hours since i took 1000mg of azithromycin and i haven't threw up or had diarrhea can I still have all of that?

Yes: This is a standard treatment dose for a couple of specific conditions. It is fantastic that you did not have any problem taking and keeping your dose down or in. Now, you can expect to have a standard successful treatment course! ...Read more

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I vomited a tad bit after an hour and a half of taking azithromycin and had diarrhea 40 minutes of taking it. Will this decrease its effectiveness

I vomited a tad bit after an hour and a half of taking azithromycin and had diarrhea 40 minutes of taking it. Will this decrease its effectiveness

Shouldn't: Transit time through the stomach is variable but the antibiotic should have made it through in 30-45 minutes, especially if you didn't take it with food. ...Read more

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An hour later after taking azithromycin, i threw up and had diarrhea...Does that mean I have to take the dose again? And i ate after the medicine.

Probably: Food in the stomach usually site there for 1-2 hours prior to entry into the rest of the GI tract. This means there is a good likelihood that you expelled the azithromicin. There is no harm in having a little extra in your system so given what you describe and that you can now eat, take an extra pill. ...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 is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more