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DefinitionDrug-induced diarrhea is loose, watery stools caused by certain medications.See also: DiarrheaAlternative NamesDiarrhea associated with medicationsCauses, incidence, and risk factorsNearly all medications may cause diarrhea as a side effect. The medications listed below, however, are more likely to cause diarrhea.Laxatives:Laxatives are meant to cause diarrhea by drawing water into the intestines or triggering muscle spasms in the intestines.Taking too much of a laxative can cause diarrhea.Antacids and heartburn medications:Antacids that contain magnesium may also cause or worsen diarrhea.Drugs used to treat heartburn and stomach ulcers can cause diarrhea, including: (omeprazole (Prilosec), esomeprazole (Nexium), iansoprazole (Prevacid), rabeprazole (AcipHex), and pantoprazole (Protonix), (Pepsid), cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), and nizatidine (Axid)Antibiotics:Antibiotics destroy normal bacteria in the intestines, which can lead to diarrhea.Some antibiotics allo...
RecommendationsDiarrhea has many causes, including:AntibioticsConsuming too much fruit or fruit juiceFood sensitivityIllnessInfectionDiet:What the child eats or drinks may make diarrhea worse. Changing the diet may relieve some types of diarrhea.In most cases, you should continue feeding your baby or child as usual. Most children can keep up with the nutrients they lose through diarrhea if they increase the amount of food they take in. For babies, always continue breast-feeding or formula feeding.Many children develop mild and temporary lactose intolerance. Continuing dairy foods may make the diarrhea last longer, but it can also allow a faster return to a regular diet. Babies who eat solid foods may continue to do so as long as they can keep the food down.A full appetite is often the last behavior to return after an illness. Children should be allowed to take their time returning to their normal eating habits. No specific diet is recommended for diarrhea, but children usually tolerat...
Diarrhea can be one of the more uncomfortable and embarrassing complications
of cancer. We've all had it - enough said. People with cancer are prone to frequent
loose or watery stools for many reasons. Chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, bone
marrow transplant, and stress can all lead to diarrhea, and certain types of
cancer can cause diarrhea directly. In addition to causing social and physical
discomfort, uncontrolled diarrhea can be a serious health threat. Though the
condition is not typically preventable, there are some ways to find relief.
A number of cancer treatments can lead to diarrhea. Chemotherapeutic agents
target fast - growing cells, which is why these medications kill cancer cells.
Unfortunately these agents can also damage the intestinal lining, which is
filled with fast-growing cells, leading to diarrhea and other complications. In
a similar fashion, radiation therapy directed at the abdomen or pelvis can lead
to diarrhea by killing the rapidly-growing cells of ...
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