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Going through Irinotecan. Side effects are severe diarrhea. Controlled with lomotil and Imodium. Suggestions?

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My father is going through Irinotecan, a type of chemotherapy. One of the side effects is severe diarrhea. He's been hospitalized for dehydration a couple of times. We have the diarrhea under control with lomotil and prescription strength Imodium. We were advised for him to drink pedialyte and lots of it. He drinks about 1 to 1 1/2 liters of pedialyte a day along with plain water as well. He has severe gas pretty frequently, about once a minute. He is in a lot of pain due to the gas pressure. He is taking gas-x, but you can't exceed 4 a day. The gas pain is really bothering him. Is it a possibility that he is drinking too much pedialyte causing all of this gas? What are your suggestions?
Posted Mon, 14 Oct 2013 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Kulsoom Qureshi 6 hours later
Brief Answer:
Pedialyte does not increase gas production.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for discussing your problem with us.
This is really good to know that you have controlled diarrhea with Imodium & Lomotil. I hope he is not taking it without consulting the treating Oncologist.
Pedialyte intake is necessary for him for hydration & electrolyte replacement & it is not likely to cause that excess gas production.
This excessive gas production is also a side effect of his chemotherapy drug Irinotecan & he has to face it along with the diarrhea.
Hope he gets well soon.
Take care.
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