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Will ANTIBIOTICS make me poop more often?

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I had some clean discharge from my privates 2 weeks ago. It looked like precum. Went to the doctor got rested for every std possible everything was negative. I was given 2 weeks worth of antibiotics. First day I took the antib I had burning diarrhea but that went away second day. Finished my antibiotics couple days ago. Discharge stopped but now my digestive system seems messed up I pee and poop more often and since 2 days I had been having a light aching pain in my right testicle randomly. It only stays for couple of hours

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Hello. Thank you for your query at The increase in stool frequency is due to the loss of normal intestinal bacteria as a result of antibiotic use for 2 weeks. You should include yoghurt, probiotic drinks etc in your diet. In addition you can take OTC Lactobacillus supplements like Bacid/ VSL #3/ Culturelle/ Lacto-TriBlend etc, about 1-2 caplets per day, for a week. This will help in restoring the normal gut flora and normalize your stools. The light aching pain in the testicle, if it persists could be due to inflammation of the Epididymis(a part of the testicle). Since you had urethral discharge treated with antibiotics, a infection could have been present which was taken care of by antibiotics. However in some cases, infection affecting the testicles, will not be completely eliminated by the initial course of antibiotics. You should try intermittent application of ice the affected area, scrotal elevation, warm baths, and in case of unbearable pain, an OTC like Ibuprofen 400 mg once, to help relieve the pain. If pain persists even after 2-3 days, or worsens anytime you will need to a Urologist. A urinalysis and urine culture would have to be performed. A urethral swab should be obtained and sent for culture and nucleic acid amplification testing and appropriate treatment initiated. Feel free to ask queries. Thank you.

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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