Table 10.1 Causes of Diarrhea


Antacids containing magnesium

Toxins produced by bacteria in spoiled food or contaminated water


Certain antibiotics and other medications


Toxins produced by bacteria in the small intestine

Viral infections in the GI tract

Diseases of the large intestine (e.g., ulcerative colitis)

Emotional disturbances

Cancer of the large intestine

Cancer of other body organs (e.g., pancreas)


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