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Can azithromycin be the reason for blood in stools?

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I started taking Azithromycin 3 days ago and today experienced blood in my stool twice.
No diarrhea
Some stomach pains that lasted an hour or 2
Some dizziness and
Some nausea
My doctor is unavailable at the moment. So I am unable to contact him.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Josh replied 1 year ago.

The symptoms you have described of having two episodes of blood in stool today & taking azithromycin since last 2 days,this does not seem to be related.

Blood in stool is an extremely rare side effect of azithromycin.

The condition having fresh red colored blood in stool is called hematochezia. Generally, the closer the bleeding site is to the anus, the blood will be a brighter red. This blood can be coming from lower gastro intestinal tract. Its most common causes are: hemorrhoids,anal fissures,diverticular bleeding,intestinal infection (such as bacterial enterocolitis),inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative collitis,crohn's disease.

Hemorrhoids is the most common cause of fresh red bleeding in stool.

Dizziness is also rare side effect from azithromycin.As your doctor is not available at the moment & this blood in stool is not a serious or dangerous condition,I advise that you can wait & get back to your doctor after few days for tests & examination & to confirm the exact underlying cause & then treatment will be done accordingly.

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