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How do medications treat digestive diseases?

Doctors prescribe medications to treat digestive diseases in a number of ways, depending on the condition. Antibiotics treat digestive diseases caused by bacterial infection. Some drugs strengthen the stomach lining or reduce the amount of acid secreted by the stomach. Others that treat nausea include prochlorperazine, metoclopramide, and granisetron. Many laxatives should not be used over the long term because they cause dependence, but a laxative called lubiprostone can be used over longer periods of time. Sometimes doctors prescribe drugs such as corticosteroids to help restore appetite.

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