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I finished taking a course of antibiotics for a chest

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I finished taking a course of antibiotics for a chest infection and during the course I took myself off my iron tablet (210mg).I'm not anaemic but have had low iron and the doctor wants me to stay on them for another 6 months. The problem is that when I went back on the iron it coincided with getting diarrhoea which I have had for 6 days. I put myself on the BRAT diet yesterday. Usually with iron tablets the stools are black I haven't taken one today and my stools are very yellow.I am drinking plenty of water. What should I be doing now please ?

Hello. I'm Dr Chip
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This is usually a viral gastroenteritis that runs its course in a week or two

For now I suggest oral probiotics, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water twice a day and plenty of juices and GatorAde

If it continues beyond another 5 days you need to see your doctor for a stool culture to rule out E coli, salmonella or C diff since if that were positive you'd need a course of antibiotics

Please let me know if you need any more information

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