I came to the IBS Treatment Center after no one else could figure out what was wrong. I had severe abdominal pain and was on strong pain meds. Since then my pain is gone. I can’t thank them enough.Along with the resolution of my pain was the enlightenment of how food affects so many things in my general health. They enthusiasm for maintaining overall health made me much more aware of caring for myself.
– Kim N.
“Nearly all medications may cause diarrhea as a side effect.” This is a direct quote from the National Institute of Health’s MedlinePlus website.
Doctors tend to believe that side-effects from medications are rare. Therefore they assume that your symptoms are not related to our medications. Many times my patients have said, “I asked my doctor if my symptoms could be caused by my medication and he said no.” They asked us for a second opinion. We simply show them the known list of side-effects for the drug they are taking. More often than not, their symptoms are right there in black and white.
Some medications are more likely to cause diarrhea than others. Some particularly problematic medications include:
• Most cholesterol lowering statin drugs, such as simvastatin, lovastatin, and Lipitor®
• Most heartburn medications including: omeprazole (Prilosec®), Nexium®, Prevacid®, pantoprazole (Protonix®), cimetidine (Tagamet®), ranitidine (Zantac®).
• Bone density medications like Fosamax®.
• Antibiotics and even NSAIDS such as ibuprofen (Advil®) and naproxen (Aleve®).
• Anything that dries you up like Allegra® or Claritin®
• Antidepressants: especially tricyclic antidepressants such as amitryptiline (Elavil®) and imipramine
• Calcium channel blockers such as such as Cardizem®, Zyrtec®, and Procardia®
• Antispasmodics: Dicyclomine® and hyoscine (Hyoscyamine®)
If you address the cause of your symptoms you will be able to discontinue the medications. Hardly any of the medications mentioned in this article cure anything. They only treat symptoms caused by a deeper problem. Solve that problem and you will feel healthy and whole again.