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Woke up with severe cramps, diarrhoea, constipation. Stomach ache after taking Ducolax. Having diarrhoea again. Normal?

Hi. I got food poisoning on Tuesday, and Wednesday morning around 230, I woke up with severe cramps . I went to the bathroom and had diarrhea . After that, I was unable to have a BM for a few days. The stomach pains didn t go away. Yesterday, I got some Ducolax to help with the constipation , and since I ve taken it, my stomach has been in severe pain. I ended up having diarrhea again around 6 this morning, and then once or twice since. Is this normal?
Asked On : Thu, 28 Feb 2013
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Thanks for coming to HCM. Sorry to hear about your problems. Please donot take any more Dulcolax. It is normal to not pass stools for 1-2 days after large diarrhea & feel constipated for next couple of days. Please take plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated well. If you get further diarrhea, ensure you drink 1 large glass of fluids (juice, ORS solution or water) after every episode. You can take loperamide if diarrhea continues.Please try to eat light meals regularly. You can take some antacid & over-the-counter anti-spasmodic medicine for cramps as required.

Wish you a speedy recovery!
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