Gastrointestinal medications are intended for the treatment of digestive organs (including liver, biliary tract and pancreas) and diseases that can affect them. These include constipation and diarrhea, Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux, ulcers, stomach cancer, gall bladder disease, liver disease and hemorrhoids. Among the most popular drugs there are medications of the following drug classes: 5-aminosalicylates, bile agents solubilizing cholesterol, agents eradicating Helicobacter pylori, antacids, antidiarrheal, digestive enzymes, drugs against functional bowel disorders, H2 antagonists (or H2-receptor antagonists, proton pump inhibitors, laxatives and gastrointestinal stimulants. It is always good to ask your doctor for advice before taking a drug to treat a gastrointestinal problem.
Flagyl (metronidazole) is a nitroimidazolic antibiotic, used particularly against anaerobic bacteria. Developed in the 1960s, metronidazole has also proved effective in treating dermatological diseases, such as rosacea, and vegetating tumors. Flagyl can be considered the antibiotic of choice against Clostridum difficile infection in the early stages of the disease.