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Can antibiotics cause diarrhea?

Many antibiotics can cause diarrhea as a side effect. Broad-spectrum antibiotics are associated with Clostridium difficile, a type of bacteria that infects your intestines when antibiotics have removed your normal gut bacteria. Diarrhea caused by these bacteria can be serious, particularly in the elderly. If you develop diarrhea while taking antibiotics, it is best to see your doctor.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 17 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Traveler's diarrhea


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