OTC medications

Over the counter medications people with Crohns and Ulcerative colitis commonly use and what they do!

Safe medications that you may find helpful

(aka Tylenol, Paracetamol)
This is considered the main safe pain killer for us as it does not thin the blood like Nsaids do. You will see it sometimes combined with other medications that could be a problem like caffeine or nsaids so read the label before using. You can also find it paired with codine in some countries over the counter, codeine seems to be another pain killer that is considered safe for us.

Pepto Bismol
(aka Bismuth)
This is the antidiarrheal medicine that comes in a thick drinkable liquid, chewable tablets and also swallowable tablets.  It works by stopping your expulsion of fluids into the digestive system by coating them. It also helps to reduce inflammation in the stomach and intestinal lining.Personally I find the swallowable tablets to be most effective! Some side effects you might notice is the darkening of stool and/or your tongue, it is not something to worry about!

(aka simethicone)
This is a simple anti-flatulent medication that helps by forming little gas bubbles in your digestive tract, making them easier to pass and relieving gas pain.

(aka loperamide)
Immodium should be taken with some caution. It works by slowing down the rhythm of digestion which while giving your body more time to absorb nutrients, the slowing down of your digestion can contribute to the condition toxic megacolon. It seems to have no problems when taken on occasion but should not be used as a daily treatment.

Medications to avoid

(aka Ibuprohen, Asprin, Naproxen)
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are medications usually used to treat pain, unfortunately one of the side effects of these medications is that it thins your blood which for people with diseases like ours, only creates more blood and more problems!


Some painkillers actually contain caffeine, as it assist in the delivery of the pain killer. Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning it will make you need to goto the bathroom more, this is another thing we really need to try and avoid when we are already going 10+ times a day! It also plays a hand in dehydrating you, which can already be a problem for us.

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