Metformin, cholesterol medications called statins, and acid lowering medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPI) can cause diarrhea. Some prescribers will prescribe an antidiarrheal medication such as loperamide. This creates a prescribing cascade. As I talked about in a previous blog, a prescribing cascade happens when the side effect of one medication is treated as a new condition with another medication.
A lifestyle medicine approach gets at the root cause of the problem. By living a healthier life, the metformin, statins, and PPI may not be needed, thus avoiding the need for loperamide.
I would like to help you on your health journey! Please contact me for assistance in reducing and/or eliminating your medications with lifestyle medicine. Thanks for reading! #lifestylemedicine #seniors #olderadults