Antacids and Diarrhea

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Keriamon
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   Posted Yesterday 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I just saw this mentioned on a gall bladder post on the Mayo Clinic's website: "...antacids with magnesium and tegaserod (Zelnorm)--can also increase diarrhea."
 
Those of you who have diarrhea and are on an antacid might want to look at the label and see what all is in it.  If you are on a prescription, you should be able to ask your pharmacist for a paper showing the chemical makeup of the drug (at the very least he should be able to tell you what all is in it). 
 
 

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted Today 12:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Zelnorm is for IBS with constipation so that would figure. I would love to find an antacid that would give me a little "push" Maalox has magnesium, I think but it doesn't help with the constipation. That site was referring to people that had had their gall bladder out. though.

Post Edited (Canyonbabe711) : 4/19/2006 12:21:17 AM (GMT-6)


Keriamon
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   Posted Today 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, but if you're prone to diarrhea anyways, be it from not having a gall bladder or having IBS, your antacid may make it worse. It doesn't take much to set us poopers off! Something for people with that problem to check into since I know a number of people here are on antacids of various sorts.

I don't imagine for someone with chronic constipation that a little magnesium in another drug would help. But can you get magnesium supplements on their own? If magnesium works as a bit of a laxative, it might be something you could try taking to see if it helps any. Just be careful not to take more than the package indicates and if you're on prescriptions, check to make sure you can take magnesium with them and, if they do help, ask your doctor how long it's safe to take it.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted Today 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Good idea. Didn't think of that. Seeing Dr. tomorrow and will put that on my Loooong list.

Keriamon
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   Posted 4/20/2006 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with your doctor's appointment. :-)
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