Antibiotic Associated Diarrhea

Antibiotic Associated Diarrhea

It is defining as the watery diarrhea for three or more times a day after taking certain medications for bacterial infection. Generally, it is non-serious condition and required no treatment except fluid consumption.


Signs and symptoms are mild and include following:Antibiotics Associated Diarrhea Symptoms Causes Treatment

  • Watery diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Increase bowel movements
  • Low grade abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever

Exact cause of this is still unknown but it is assumed thar certain medications like antibiotic to treat the bacterial infection may cause the diarrhea by disturbing the stomach normal flora like cephalosporins and ampicillin etc.


One of the most common complication of diarrhea is the loss of fluids and electrolytes which further cause the other complications like shock, renal failure etc.


It is diagnosis clinically by asking medical history by your doctor. To rule out the other infectious causes of diarrhea your doctor might recommend the stool DR.


Treatment options depend upon the severity of the disease.

  • Take mild antibiotic
  • Treat the other causes like C. difficile causing diarrhea
Lifestyle and Home Remedies
  • To avoid the loss of fluid, drink plenty of water and take fluids.
  • Avoid spicy food
  • Take anti diarrheal medications
  • Take probiotics
  • Eat soft and non-spicy foods
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