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What foods should I avoid when taking medications for diarrhea and gas?

When you are taking medicine to treat diarrhea or gas, you may want to forgo certain foods simply because they can make your symptoms worse. For instance, if you have diarrhea it is best to avoid caffeine, milk products, greasy meals and sugary desserts and drinks. As you get better, try mild, easy-to-digest foods like rice, boiled potatoes, toast, crackers, bananas and baked chicken without the skin.

With excess gas symptoms, avoid eating too many carbohydrate-rich foods, especially beans, dairy foods and high-fat foods. High-fat foods take a long time to digest and can trap gases in your stomach. Experiment with dietary changes to see which ones help reduce your gas symptoms.

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