Which medications cause gastroenteritis?

Updated: Feb 10, 2017
  • Author: Arthur Diskin, MD; Chief Editor: Steven C Dronen, MD, FAAEM  more...
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Answer

Medications associated with diarrhea include the following:

  • Antibiotics, due to alteration of normal flora

  • Laxatives, including magnesium-containing antacids

  • Colchicine

  • Quinidine

  • Cholinergics

  • Sorbitol

  • Proton pump inhibitors [PPIs] - In a prospective population-based study of 38,109 middle-aged and older Australian adults, there was an association between use of PPIs and a significantly higher risk of hospitalization for infectious gastroenteritis, regardless of the PPI used. [8]  There was a dose-response relationship noted.


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