Prescribing for gastrointestinal problems

Sue Beckwith and Penny Franklin

in Oxford Handbook of Prescribing for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199575817
Published online June 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191726408 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Nursing

Prescribing for gastrointestinal problems

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Anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract - Oral cavity - Oral candidiasis - The pharynx and oesophagus - Small intestine - Absorption of orally administered medication - Gastroenteritis - Treatment of gastroenteritis - Bowel colic - Helminths - Large intestine - Laxatives and rectal preparations - When and how to take laxative preparations

Many of the medications for treatment of the conditions included in this section are available as over-the-counter (OTC) medications at less cost than a prescription and prescribers should consider this before writing a prescription. Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, p. 422.

Chapter.  4255 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nursing Skills ; Pharmacology

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