<p><strong>What Is Diarrhea? </strong></p>
<p>Acute diarrhea—the passage of frequent, loose, or watery stools—is not a disease itself but rather a symptom of an underlying disorder.</p>
<p>As food passes through the digestive system, its water content is normally absorbed through the wall of the large intestine. Diarrhea—and, at times, dehydration—results when fluid is not absorbed but remains in and is expelled with the fecal matter.</p>
<p>Although diarrhea usually subsides without treatment within two or three days, resulting dehydration can be serious and often requires prompt treatment.</p>
<p><strong>Who Gets Diarrhea? </strong></p>
<p>In more than 90 percent of cases, acute diarrhea is caused by infectious agents (e.g., viruses, bacteria, parasites) that are ingested in food and water. ...
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Definition Drug-induced diarrhea is loose, watery stools caused by certain medications. See also: Diarrhea Alternative Names Diarrhea associated with medications Causes, incidence, and risk factors Nearly 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...
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