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D – Digoxin: Digoxin, a cardiac glycoside, can cause diarrhea as one of its side effects.

I – Isotretinoin: Isotretinoin, a medication used to treat severe acne, is known to cause diarrhea in some individuals.

A – Antibiotics (e.g., Clindamycin): Certain antibiotics like Clindamycin can disrupt the normal gut flora, leading to diarrhea.

R – Radiographic contrast agents: Radiographic contrast agents used in medical imaging procedures can occasionally lead to diarrhea as an adverse reaction.

R – Rifaximin: Rifaximin, an antibiotic, may cause diarrhea as a side effect.

H – H2 Blockers (e.g., Cimetidine): H2 blockers like Cimetidine have been associated with diarrhea in some cases.

O – Orlistat: Orlistat, a weight loss medication, can lead to gastrointestinal side effects, including diarrhea.

E – Exenatide: Exenatide, a medication used to treat type 2 diabetes, may cause diarrhea in some individuals.

A – Antacids (e.g., Magnesium-containing): Some antacids containing magnesium can have a laxative effect and lead to diarrhea.

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