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I have started to have a bout of diarrhoea which isn't calming

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I have started to have a bout of diarrhoea which isn't calming down. I am taking 3 different AEDs for epilepsy and also thyroxine. 99.9%of the time I am constipated. Could whats happening be due to my drugs.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.
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Absolutely it can be from your medication. Many medications cause diarrhea. If you tell me what you are taking then I can tell you if any can do this. Please list all your meds
Aside from this, there are many causes of diarrhea.
1)infection-like parasitic infections of the colon or a bug called c diff. These can be tested for with stool samples
2)celiac disease. This is an allergy to wheat gluten. Blood tests can give clues towards this.
3)other colonic issues like microscopic colitis or IBS. These can be tested for with a colonoscopy
Overall, if the meds don't seem to be the cause then the workup would start with blood work and stool samples. If those are normal, then a colonoscopy is usually next
Don't forget common things like irritable bowel and lactose intolerance as well