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I sometimes get diarrhea and nausea from coffee on an empty stomach. Does it make sense that it wouldn't happen every time only sometimes?

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Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Yes

Coffee can be a cathartic so it can cause these symptoms.
There is something called the gastro-colic reflex and coffee can often stimulate it resulting in diarrhea and possibly nausea. You might want to stop coffee for awhile to see if it goes away and if does not then consult a doctor.

In brief: Yes

Coffee can be a cathartic so it can cause these symptoms.
There is something called the gastro-colic reflex and coffee can often stimulate it resulting in diarrhea and possibly nausea. You might want to stop coffee for awhile to see if it goes away and if does not then consult a doctor.
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