Thursday, 17 March 2016

Gastrointestinal (GI) Disorders

Gastrointestinal (GI) Disorders symptoms and the GI tests you may considered

Many patients of mine compliant about Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms such as heartburn, indigestion/dyspepsia, bloating. And it sounds like a real nightmare to them where they cannot enjoy their food and travel to their fullness where-ever and whenever they go.. I gonna admit that GI problems is one of the most common disorders seen by doctors and pharmacists in Malaysia. Below are a brief summary of the GI symptoms and drugs guidelines for those who suffered.

Common GI Disorders Symptoms:
If you have the below symptoms, you may speak to your doctors, usually these symptoms can be treated with simple medications as listed below in bold letters. Please consult with your pharmacist for the right medications for your conditions.
  • Acid Reflux, Heartburn, GERD – Gaviscon Liquid/Tablet
  • Dyspepsia/Indigestion – Domperidone Tab
  • Nausea and Vomiting – Meclozine 25mg + Pyridoxine 50mg Tablet/ Metoclopramide Tablet
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease – PPI medicines ie Omeprazole Capsule, Ranitidine Tablet.
  • Abdominal Pain Syndrome – Hyoscine Tablet
  • Belching, Bloating, Flatulence – Domperidone Tablet/ Itopride 50mg Tablet
  • Biliary Tract Disorders, Gallbladder Disorders and Gallstone Pancreatitis - Rowatinex (Kidney Stones)/ Rowachol (Gallstones)
  • Constipation and Defecation Problems – Bisacodyl 5mg Tablet/ Senna Tablet/ Lactulose Syrup
  • Diarrhea (acute) – ORS/ Smecta/ Loperamide Capsule
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Mebeverine 135mg Tablet
  • Hemorrhoids and Other Anal Disorders – Diosmin 450mg + Hesperidine 50mg Tablet, Proctosedyl Ointment/Suppository
NOTE: You may take probiotic daily for at least 3-6 months to improve your GI problems.

Examinations for GI disorders:
If the symptoms still persists after taking all the medications, further tests like below can be carried out:
You may discuss with your doctors or specialists before deciding any of these examinations:

1. Colonoscopy
2. H.pyloric test
3. Endoscopy

  • Above information is just for reference only. You will need to consult your GP or specialist before making any firm decisions.
  • You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.  
  • If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.
  • If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition you should seek immediate medical attention. 
  • You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

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