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5 days ago I was having lower left abdominal pain, and went

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Hello, 5 days ago I was having lower left abdominal pain, and went to the Emergency Room....I was diagnosed with Diverticulitis.
I was prescribed 2 different antibiotics, and have been taking them as directed for 5 days now.
I don't have anymore pain in my left lower abdominal area...but my concern is, since the day I saw the doctor, and started taking antibiotics, I've had diarrhea.
I haven't had a regular bowel movement...only diarreah.
Is the diarreah a side effect from the antibiotics??...or should I be more concerned?....
Thank you in advance.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.
Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist.
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Diarrhea is the side effect from the antibiotics especially ciprofloxacin.
This is not dverticulitis related which causes constipation, pain and fever usually.
You should see gradual improvement with diarrhea after you finish the antibiotic course.
Also you can start taking a probiotic daily.
Culturelle or Align brands are good and often helps to reduce the diarrhea frequency.
You should also discuss with your doctor.
You can also add some bulk fiber like Citrucel to improve stool consistency.
Best wishes,
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