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How do medications treat viral gastrointestinal infections?

Some severe cases of viral gastrointestinal infection can be treated with medications to control the frequency of diarrhea. These medications are available either as prescriptions or over-the-counter. They are not given to children under five years of age. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen should also be taken sparingly, as they can cause further stomach upset.

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