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Severe cold, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn. Taken nyquil, severe burning. Causes for symptoms?

I have a bad cold possibly the flu . I ve been having digestive upsets( diarrhea with a lot of mucus,constipation, heartburn ,random pains and aches) for two months straight before I developed the cold. I just took nyquil and it burns horribly, I felt it all the way down to my stomach. What could this be...I was thinking IBS
Asked On : Mon, 4 Feb 2013
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Jun 2015
Hello dear...
Nyquil is a preparation containing a pain killer, a cough suppressant & an antihistamine...which is generally used to provide symptomatic relief from common cold.

However the gastrointestinal symptoms as mentioned in your post such as diarrhea with a lot of mucus,constipation, heartburn ,random pains and aches suggests that you might be having Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Management includes:
1. Dietary modification- Avoid foods and drinks that stimulate the intestines (such as caffeine, tea, etc.)
2. Antidiarrheals such as loperamide
3. Antispasmodics for symptomatic relief
4. Low doses of tricyclic antidepressants to help relieve intestinal pain
5. Rifaximin, an antibiotic will be better to consult a Doctor for further management.

Wishing you a Good Health. Let me know if I need to clarify further.
Thanks & take care.
Answered: Mon, 4 Feb 2013
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