How do medications treat digestive diseases?

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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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Digestive Diseases

Digestive diseases, also known as gastrointestinal diseases, are disorders that affect your esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The symptoms of digestive diseases vary widely depending on which part of your digestiv...

e system is affected. Generally symptoms can be blood in your stool, a change in bowel habits, pain, weight loss or heartburn that is not relieved by antacids. See you doctor if you have any of these signs of digestive disease.
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