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OTC Medication for Common Gastrointestinal Problems

What is gastrointestinal system? The gastro-intestinal system is essentially a long tube running right through the body, with specialised sections that are capable of digesting material put in at the top end and extracting any useful components from it, then expelling the waste products at the bottom end. The whole system is under hormonal control, with the presence of food in the mouth triggering off a cascade of hormonal actions; when there is food in the stomach, different hormones activate acid secretion, increased gut motility, enzyme release etc.

Problems commonly faced in GIT: 1. 2. 3. 4. Heartburn/indigestion Bloating & Flatulence Diarrhea Constipation

The recommended OTC Medication: 1. Gelusil Plus 2. Pedialyte Liquid 3. Ducolax Tablets

Details: 1. Gelusil Plus a. Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Trisylicate, Simethicone b. 1-2 tab 1 hr after meal or as required. c. Relief of gastric pain, hyperacidity, heartburn, flatulence d. Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: kidney problems.

3. Sodium. our body’s essential salts are heavily lost and cause us to feel weak and tired. phosphate b. faintness. Pedialyte Liquid a. calcium. Few reasons are that it does not contain any side effects and it is very effective. Pedialyte quickly replaces fluid and electrolytes lost during diarrhea to help prevent dehydration. Ducolax Tablet a. Generally one to two ounces per pound of body weight is given over a period of 2 to 4 hours in this manner.2. 2. persistent vomiting is present. c. Stomach/abdominal discomfort. This solution should not be given when: there is an inability to drink. stimulant laxatives are widely used for self medication and are easily available over the counter. It contains Aluminum Hydroxide. During Diarrhea. Though there are many medications for constipation. . b. Stimulate the bowels to ease passage of the fecal mass c. Gelusil Plus a. Further research tells that people rate the Ducolax tablet over any other medication. The first two ingredients are used to medicate heartburn and the third ingredient is to medicate flatulence and bloating. Reasons for Choosing the OTC Medications: 1. bicarbonate. Ducolax Tablet a. And to treat Diarrhea. In addition Oral Rehydration Salts are needed in various problems such as vomiting. or cramps may occur. Pedialyte Liquid a. potassium. To treat constipation. So this makes an ideal OTC medication in a kit. 3. chloride. Simethicone. Magnesium Trisylicate. Bisacodyl as the main ingredient (laxative). Hence this is the perfect OTC medication to treat 2 different ailments. citrate.

Dry Mouth OTC Medication 1. Glucose Oxidase (2. Lysozyme (40mg).medshopexpress. From Research.500 units).html http://www. a. Any dry mouth remedies has similar active ingredients.just4teeth.biotene-moisturizing-mouthspray.pharmacyhealth.htm Biotene Antibacterial Dry Mouth Toothpaste with Calcium in Gentle Mint Gel Biotene PBF Toothpaste iv. Gargle thoroughly for 30 seconds and spit out.htm http://www. Use approximately one tablespoon whenever desired.html http://www. Biotene Mouthwash with Calcium iii. Reference: http://www. but also other ingredients that benefit our oral hygiene such as antibacterial and it comes in all forms of method of intake.drugs.html http://meds-zone. What makes this OTC medication outstanding is that it does not only contain active ingredients. Lactoferrin (15mg). Their main purpose is to replace our lost saliva in our mouth and it stimulates enzyme It definitely serves a larger purpose than any other ordinary medication we might over the http://www. Biotene – Details a. Not only . There were no interactions/side effects found.drugs. Biotene Mouthwash b. c. To name a few: Biotene – Reasons for choosing i.500 units). Lactoperoxidase (2. b.