Many prescription and nonprescription medicines can cause
diarrhea. A few examples are:
pump inhibitors, such as omeprazole (Prilosec) and lansoprazole (Prevacid).
Medicines used to treat cancer (chemotherapy).
antibiotics cause diarrhea. Usually the diarrhea is
mild and will clear up without treatment. A more serious type of diarrhea
caused by the bacteria Clostridium difficile may occur
while taking the antibiotic or shortly after finishing the antibiotic.
Diarrhea may be a sign of serious reaction to a medicine, such as a toxic
reaction. Diarrhea is an early sign of toxicity for some medicines, including
lithium (such as Eskalith or Lithobid) and digoxin (Lanoxin).
If you think a medicine is causing
diarrhea, contact the doctor who prescribed it. The dosage may
need to be changed, or the medicine may need to be stopped.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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