Drug-Induced Diarrhoea: A Far From Rare Adverse Event

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Acute or Chronic Condition?

Although several pathophysiological mechanisms of drug-induced diarrhoea have been described (see figure 1 and table 1), in clinical practice, 2 major types of diarrhoea are considered: acute and chronic. Acute diarrhoea usually appears during the first few days of treatment whereas chronic diarrhoea lasts more than 3 or 4 weeks and can appear a long time after the start of drug treatment.[1]


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