Regional Cancer Center ~ Erie, PA

Diarrhea

Some medications may cause diarrhea, which may lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Call The Regional Cancer Center if the diarrhea lasts more than two days, if there is blood in the stool or stool appears like coffee grounds. Take anti-diarrheals as prescribed and keep track of medication taken for diarrhea.

Combating Diarrhea

  • Strive to drink two liters of fluid per day.
  • Drink and eat high sodium foods (broth, soups, sports drinks).
  • Eat foods high in potassium or pectin bananas, potatoes (without skin), applesauce, apple juice, rice, noodles, toast and eggs (not fried), skinned chicken or turkey and broiled/baked fish).
  • Avoid caffeine, gas producing foods, high fiber foods, spicy, fatty or fried foods, coffee, tea, alcohol and tobacco.
  • Avoid seeds and the skins of unpeeled fruit.

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