Hepatitis C: An In-Depth Guide

Diarrhea

Description

Diarrhea is an increase in the frequency and decrease in the consistency of stools. 

Cause

Diarrhea can be caused by some medication used to treat hepatitis C.

Treatment

  • An over-the-counter anti-diarrheal agent, such as Imodium (loperamide), Kaopectate or Pepto-Bismol may help relieve symptoms. Check with your pharmacist to ensure it will not interfere with any other medications you take.
  • Natural therapy options include gut friendly bacteria, such as L. acidophilus or the friendly fungus, S. boulardii and, ground flax seeds.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider if diarrhea lasts for more than a few days.

Tips

Foods and liquids to avoid when you have diarrhea include coffee and other caffeinated beverages, alcohol, chocolate, fried and fatty foods, spicy foods and high-sugar foods or liquids.

Foods that contain soluble fibre, such as apples, peaches, pears and bananas, grains such as oatmeal and white rice, and psyllium-containing supplements like Metamucil, can help with diarrhea.

It is important to prevent dehydration when you are suffering from serious diarrhea. As long as diarrhea continues, drink plenty of healthy fluids, such as water, juices, herbal teas and broth. This can also help restore electrolytes (sodium, potassium and chloride) that can be lost through diarrhea.