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What kinds of OTC medications may ease symptoms of Crohn's disease?

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Over-the-counter medicines don’t need a prescription. These may help ease some of your symptoms. But some may also make them worse or interfere with your prescription medicines.

Talk with your doctor before you take any OTC medicines. They may recommend that you take certain ones to:

  • Lessen diarrhea
  • Reduce gas
  • Help lower pain or fever

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology, “ACG Expert Tips on Living Well with IBD.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Diet and Nutrition,’ “Diet, Nutrition, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” “Everyday Living,” “Facts About Inflammatory Bowel Diseases,” “IBD and Depression,” “IBD Treatments: Finding Your Best Path,” “Living with Crohn’s and Colitis,” “Understanding IBD Medications and Side Effects.”

Donnellan, C. Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology, published online May 2013.

Kulick, D. American Family Physicians, published online on January 15, 2011.

Strong, S. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, published online 2015.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 24, 2020

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology, “ACG Expert Tips on Living Well with IBD.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Diet and Nutrition,’ “Diet, Nutrition, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” “Everyday Living,” “Facts About Inflammatory Bowel Diseases,” “IBD and Depression,” “IBD Treatments: Finding Your Best Path,” “Living with Crohn’s and Colitis,” “Understanding IBD Medications and Side Effects.”

Donnellan, C. Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology, published online May 2013.

Kulick, D. American Family Physicians, published online on January 15, 2011.

Strong, S. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, published online 2015.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 24, 2020

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