Gastrointestinal Agents Drug Class

There are so many gastrointestinal diseases, which causes gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, ulcers, nausea, vomiting and so on. There is a huge list of such diseases, and there are various drugs, which can help in fighting against the adverse effects on the gastrointestinal system like:

  • for controlling acidity in stomach
  • for ensuring better motility in intestine
  • to better the water flow in the intestine so as to improve the digestion
  • also for curing ulcers

The broad list of all such drugs as being categorized as gastrointestinal agents. All these agents are being categorized in various categories namely anti-ulcer, anti-emetics, anti-diarrhea, and various other laxatives. The intestinal system can work fast or slow, and this depends upon the amount of water content in the stool or by decreasing or increasing the motility, which is an important feature of gastrointestinal region. The Anti-emetic drugs are also being used to cure nausea and vomiting. Various anti-diarrheal agents also come in this category as well like hydroscopic agents, bismuth, etc. Various anti-ulcer agents also form the part of the gastrointestinal agents, and they all are being described under the gastrointestinal agent class. There are various forms of drug classes, which are also used to cure various kinds of inflammatory bowel diseases. The most commonly known diseases of this kind are Crohn colitis, and one more is ulcerative colitis.

Gastrointestinal Agents Drugs

These are the various drugs that are classified as gastrointestinal agents.

Gastrointestinal Agents Uses

The gastrointestinal agents are used as an Anti-ulcer, Anti-emetics, and an Anti-Diarrhea and as the Laxatives. Various forms of diseases like ulcers and Diarrhea are being cured through the gastrointestinal agents.

Gastrointestinal Agents Side Effects

There can be various side effects when gastrointestinal agents are used in various forms like anti-ulcer, anti-emetics, anti-diarrheal and Laxatives. Various side effects might occur like following:

  • there can be problems like Urine retention, thirstiness, Tachycardia and constipation that might occur if the patient is suffering from ulcers
  • there are various signs of thirstiness as well as dizziness, hypotension due to anti-emetics prescribed
  • problems like constipation, nausea and abdominal pain might also occur when used as antidiarrheal drugs
  • various signs like cramping, dehydration, electrolytic imbalance, nausea and vomiting when used as laxatives

Gastrointestinal Agents Interactions

These drugs might affect the motility in gastrointestinal region adversely due to the absorption of various other orally administered drugs. The Gastrointestinal prokinetic agents might cause gastric emptiness and lead to problems like upper intestinal motility. All these effects might lead to decrease in bioavailability of agents and increase in absorption of various orally administered drugs. You need to make sure that you have all the previous medical records with you. Always let your doctor know about each of the record that you have regarding your health. Only then, you will have the right medication and better medicine prescribed.