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Can the antibiotics Im taking make me constipated?

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Can the antibiotics I'm taking make me constipated?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Tell me about what the problem is now Lisa--what do you mean by constipated?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I can't do a bowel movement, can the antibiotics do that?

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
When was your last bowel movement and what was it like?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I was two days ago and it was solid

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK. Usually antibiotics if anything cause diarrhea and not constipation but they still can be the cause of constipation. Nothing worrisome about this but one thing you can do is take lactobacillus probiotics--that helps restore the normal bacteria in your intestines that antibiotics can sometimes diminish. In addition, plenty of fluids and especially prunes or prune juice will help you have a bowel movement soon
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Right ok so no need to worry than

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Absolutely no need to worry Lisa--just enjoy your holiday
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Can I drink orange juice and apple juice to help with the constipation?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Sorry Lisa--I was off. Yes--those will help
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I finish my antibiotics tomorrow will i be ok till I get home next week?

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Yes you'll be fine Lisa but we need to close this page with a rating and you can get back to me on a new page if you need to
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Do you think the antibiotics would have killed the bacteria?

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Which bacteria Lisa?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

It begins with a h

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
H Pylori and yes I'm sure they did. You'll be fine but again please let's close with a rating
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