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Category: flatualence

Flagyl

September 25, 2019 9:07 am

Flagyl is sometimes prescribed for excessive gas and diarrhea. It is an antibiotics that works well on certain bacteria that accumulates in the GI tract and contributes to the gas and the bloating. 

These bad bacteria flourish when patients consume significant and excessive fiber and carbohydrates (sugars, salad, pasta etc.) The FIRST line of defense against flatulence, bloating, and diarrhea should be eleminating the culprits in the diet.  This point can not be stressed enough.   Adding a daily dose of yogurt may improve symptoms due to yogurts probiotic benefits. To be beneficial, Yogurt should contain live bacteria cultures, not contain artificial sweeteners or have a high sugar content.

Artificial sweetness also area source of the excessive gas and should be avoided.

The Flagyl eliminates and reduces the bad bacteria. Along with a Probiotic and healthy dietary choices Flagyl can help to significantly improved or eliminate those symptoms of gas and diarrhea.

Before Flagyl is prescribed, it is important that the diet is critically examined to make sure that the carbohydrates and the fiber as source of gas and bloating is minimized or eliminated. Excessive use of medications that may be needed for other infections should be avoided.

Chronic diarrhea should be evaluated to rule out GI infection with C. diff bacteria or other bacteria or parasite.

 

Additional Information on C. Diff (Clostridium Difficile)  and probiotics.

“Gas problem”

March 25, 2011 3:15 am

Following the Duodenal Switch operation, patients will have more frequent flatulence. The problem can get worse with specific dietary choices. A very simple way of looking at this would be that, in general, Carbohydrates contribute to gas and the fat contributes to causing loose bowel movements. There is a significant overlap and one has to remember that they often accompany each other.
In the majority of cases, when a patient is having a significant “gas problem,” a close investigation of the diet usually identifies the condition. The most frequent culprit is carbohydrates (breads, pasta, etc.). Special attention should also be given to Gluten in other food products. Carbonation should also be avoided. Other less obvious contributing factors may include artificial sweeteners (Splenda). Milk-Lactose can also cause significant gas. If the dietary sources of the “gas problem” have been eliminated, probiotics should then be considered. There is very little published scientific data on this subject that I am aware of. Wasserberg et.al, from The University of Southern California in 2008, published “Bowel Habits after Gastric Bypass Versus the Duodenal Switch Operation”. They concluded: “…Although duodenal switch is associated with more bowel episodes than gastric bypass, the difference is not statistically significant. Bowel habits are similar in patients who achieve 50% estimated body weight loss with duodenal switch surgery or gastric bypass.”
Ara Keshishian, MD, FACS, FASMBS