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Treat or prevent dehydration, during severe diarrhea.

How it works

Carbohydrates that are digested in a variable when they reach the large intestine. The bacterial flora metabolize these compounds in the absence of oxygen. This produces gases (hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane) and short-chain fatty acids (acetate, propionate, butyrate). The gases are absorbed and excreted by breathing or through the anus. Fatty acids are rapidly metabolized. Thus butyrate, used mainly in the colonic, is an important nutritional source for these cells and regulates their growth, acetete into the blood and taken up by the liver, muscle and other tissues, and propionate, which is an important precursor of glucose in animals.

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Content on this page was last updated on 17 May, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)