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My Dr. started me on Alli weight loss pills. I took 2 pills

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My Dr. started me on Alli weight loss pills. I took 2 pills a day for about a week. I would normally have 2 normal bowel movements per day every day prior to taking ALLI. I started the pills and instead of making me go to the bathroom it gave me almost like constipation for a few days but I continued to take them. Then all of a sudden I was getting bad lower stomach cramping (pains) followed by gas and bowel movements, this lasted for about 12 hours and then I had a few hours of total diarrhea and my lower stomach was very tender. I stopped the ALLI after I started with the diarrhea and then after a couple of hours of diarrhea I took 2 imodium which stopped the diarrhea and the gas and took away the stomach tenderness. This was this past Friday that I took the imodium. I then started to take acidophilos priobiotic because it was recommended to help with my GI tract. My bowel movements are now back to normal, light brown however I am still having a lot of gas pain that goes away after passing gas however I did read that acidophilos can cause gas as well. I am thinking this ALLI really messed up my whole GI tract and I have read some information where this has happened to others as well. At this point is it okay to continue with the acidophilos?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 2 years ago.

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Customer:

Good Evening....

RickMD :

That is a very good question. I am glad to hear that you are doing better

Customer:

Not sure if I should mention this but there is also a gastroenteritis bug going around rampid where I live so I am not sure if could have been the issue and not the medication....

RickMD :

That is a distinct possibility, especially if you have had contact with infected people

RickMD :

To answer your question about the acidophilos, taking this is, in general, very safe especially in people without underlying chronic health issues such as short bowel syndrome or immune problems.

RickMD :

As such I believe you are OK to continue taking the acidophilos, especially since your GI problems, with the exception of gas ,are so much better.

Customer:

Thank you for the info....I appreciate it.

RickMD :

My pleasure. Have a good evening

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