From this module you will learn:
- The main causes of diarrhoea
- What medicines have diarrhoea as a side effect
- The role of the pharmacist in diagnosing acute diarrhoea
- When treatment should be offered and when referral may be necessary
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In general, diarrhoea is defined as an increase in the frequency of soft or watery stools. Because people have different patterns of bowel habits – for example, one person may defecate a few times a week, whereas for others a few times a day may be normal – diarrhoea is relative to each person.
Diarrhoea can broadly be categorised as acute (lasting less than four weeks) or chronic (lasting more than four weeks). The exact prevalence is difficult to