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I've been taking lansoprazole for several months because I was experiencing symptoms of reflux - heartburn upon waking, excessive phlegm in the back of my throat and feelings of nausea. Three weeks ago I started to get diarrhoea which is ongoing. It usually happens very early in the morning and then in the evening - so usually twice a day. I don't know if it is the lansoprazole that is causing this, or the fact that to help with the phlegm in my throat I begain chewing sugar-free gum several weeks ago as it seemed to help to clear it. I have since discovered that sugar-free gum contains sorbitol which I understand can have a laxative effect. I was probably chewing about 8 pieces a day. I have visited my GP who has prescribed loperamide - I have been using this for 2 days but it hasn't really changed anything - I still have diarrhoea twice a day. I don't seem to be allowed to have any tests until I have had diarrhoea for 6 weeks (4 weeks if there's blood which for me there isn't). Is anyone having any similar experiences as I do feel very worried that it could be something serious.
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