Sunday, October 25, 2009

What can i do about darrhea caused by taking antibiotic clarithromycin?

i was thinking about imodium but this is an advisory for itWhat should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Imodium?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to Imodium, or if you have:
if you have diarrhea that is caused by taking an antibiotic.
talk to the doctor to see if they want to change it, but in the mean time these things can help with it - plain white rice, yogurt, bananashope you feel better!
Anytime you have an undesired side-effect from medication, you should contact your doctor or pharmacist.Sandy
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The real danger of diarrhea from oral clarithromycin is an overgrowth of a resistant strain of clostridium dificil. This can be life threatening.One indication of this sort of overgrowth is a watery diarrhea, cramping and a really, really foul odor. In this case, you don't want to take any anti-diarrheal that will slow intestinal motility (how fast things move through the bowel) because then the harmful bacterial toxins will just build up in your gut. So, immodium or lomotil or any other anti-diarrheal that acts to slow transit time (the time from mouth to toilet) is contraindicated. For this type of diarrhea (and only this type) you should stop the antibiotic, increase fluid intake, take an absorbative sort of anti-diarreahal (like diatomacious earth or a high gluten grain type) in an attempt to sequester the toxin and pass it out. This would be under a physician's supervision.All other types of antibiotic diarrhea are usually transient and can be treated with oral anti-diarrhetics like immodium or lomotil or paragoric. The above mentioned side effect is so severe that contacting your physician for any symptom of diarrhea while on antibiotics is usually recommended to be let him/her be the judge.Mild diarrhea wouldn't necessarily be a reason to stop the antibiotic. It would depend on the underlying infection you were taking the antibiotic for.
Interesting reaction. I took it after surgery 10 years ago and didn't suffer that unpleasent side effect. I was instructed to take this med with a meal; are you doing that? Is it possible that you had a minor intestinal infection happening prior to taking the medication? Maybe you had a case of the flu developing...?First things first:
1) STOP taking the medication
2) Contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY
3) Drink LOTS of water; you are being dehydrated with every "pit stop"
4) Replenish your depleted electrolytes with Gatorade at ROOM TEMPERATURE (not chilled or iced). Gatorade was developed to be consumed at room temperature so the body absorbs it at a faster rate; chilling it slows that process down!
5) Eat white bread or white rice. Stay away from dairy which may aggrevate the intestine, although yogurt is okay to eat.
6) If you feel you must take an anti-diarrhea remedy, try kaopectate, which is basically liquified clay. Yucky tasting but will solidify those poopies REEAAAAL fast! Stay away from Pepto Bismal, which can be "counterproductive" and will turn your stool an alarming black color. YIKES!Sometimes you body just needs to "clean house" to get rid of built up toxins in your body either from one "end" or the other. In those cases, sometimes just letting Momma Nature take it's course is the best thing you can do as long as it isn't for more than 24 hours; after that, and you might become too dehydrated. And are you sure it is the result of taking this medication?Best to talk with your doctor as soon as possible.Hope this helps and that you are feeling much better real soon. Take care!
Continue taking the antibiotic, stopping the antibiotic before the bacteria is out of your body can cause the virus to become "stronger" and it can make you even sicker. You have to continue with the medicine, don't stop unless your doctor says so. About the only thing you can do is to drink ALOT of liquids. The main risk with diarrhea is dehydration. Don't mix imodium with an antibiotic without talking to your doctors, antibiotics have lots of interactions with over the counter products. Once again, its VERY important not to stop the antibiotic unless your doctor says so.

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