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Suggest treatment for chronic diarrhea

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Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2012

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Posted on Tue, 7 Jun 2016 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: I have had diarrhea for over a year, I had tests done over 7 months ago and nothing was found. I was told to eat the brat diet...15 minutes of eating my guts start churning been trying. it almost feels like the time I had GearDia.. I been trying to eat as if I had colitis but no difference. I've been trying to eat as if I were gluten no evale. I drink my required amount of water for my body weight everyday...the diarrhea as of lately is becoming more severe. I've not eatin much for the past 2 weeks just trying to give my bowels a break.. not helping!
I feel fine..
Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Chronic diarrhea

Detailed Answer:
Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

The treatable and a common cause in chronic diarrhea is an infection. Half hearted and short courses of antibiotics fail to produce optimum results in a majority of patients with frequent relapses. A better approach in my clinical practice is to give combination empiric antibiotics like ofloxacin with metronidazole both for extended 2 weeks. Deworming with diloxanide furoate should also be done. Folic acid, B complex vitamins, fiber supplements, antispasmodics and vitamin D supplementation selectively can yield better results and enhance life quality scores for patient. If diarrhea persists beyond 2 to 3 weeks of therapy then an infective cause is ruled out and other causes should be explored. Stool R/E and culture should be done initially along with baseline investigations.

Wishing you best of health


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Dr. M.S. Khalil
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