The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a drug safety warning discussing the link between an anti-reflux medication and watery stools. The warning suggests that medicines in the proton pump inhibitor family (like omeprazole and nexium) may increase the risk of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea.
“C. diff” diarrhea is characterized by
- watery stool
- abdominal pain and
Ways to reduce the risk of developing this diarrhea may be to limit the dosage and the amount of time that a PPI is used. Notify your doctor if you experience the above symptoms that do not resolve.
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