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I have been taking a Kelp supplement for several months now

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I have been taking a Kelp supplement for several months now and my stools are no longer solid but constantly runny. Is this a normal side affect of Kelp?
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: I have a scheduled appointment next week. Meds are Paroxetine, anti-anxiety.
JA: How long have you been dealing with this? Is there anything in particular that seems to make the symptoms better or worse?
Customer: It's been over two months. I stopped the Kelp over a week ago but the symptoms continue.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I can't think of anything other than I'm under a great deal of stress as I'm a caregiver for over a year. My boyfriend had a stroke and I'm the only one able to take care of him as of now.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 months ago.

This is not a normal side effect of kelp.....unless you are taking an excessive amount, like half a bottle a day.

I would be concerned that there is something else going on.

Have you discussed this change with your doctor?