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Tips for Talking With Your Doctor

It can be embarrassing to talk about chronic diarrhea and loose stools. But your doctor needs to hear about all of your symptoms to help determine if the underlying cause is a specific intestinal disorder, like irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or something else.

Prepare for your visit

Download this free Doctor Discussion Guide to help keep track of your symptoms for 2 weeks before your visit. Bring it with you to show your doctor.

Before your visit1,2

  • Be prepared to discuss your medical history
  • Bring a list of all of your medications as well as over-the-counter therapies, supplements, and herbal remedies
  • Write your questions down ahead of time
  • Bring something you can take notes with (such as a notepad, phone, or tablet)
  • Consider asking a family member or friend to go with you (2 sets of ears are better than 1)

During your visit1,2

  • Take good notes to help you remember what was discussed
  • Ask as many questions as you need to
  • Have the doctor explain anything that you don’t understand
  • Confirm the best way to communicate with the doctor (such as by phone, e-mail, or an online medical portal, if available)
  • Ask if you will be able to access your medical records online
  • Get to know the nurses and the office staff—they may be helpful when the doctor is not available

Ask your doctor about EnteraGam®

If you are not currently on therapy: ask your doctor about whether starting with a nondrug therapy like EnteraGam® is right for you.

If you are on therapy but still experiencing chronic diarrhea and loose stools: ask your doctor about adding EnteraGam® to your current GI medication.

References
  1. Irritable bowel syndrome. Mayo Clinic Website. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20024578. Accessed February 5, 2017.
  2. Polsdorfer R. Talking to your doctor about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Web site. http://www.svmh.com/health/content.aspx?chunkiid=19656. Accessed February 6, 2017

Intended Use

EnteraGam® is a medical food product intended for the dietary management of chronic diarrhea and loose stools. EnteraGam® must be administered under medical supervision.

Important Safety Information:

EnteraGam® contains beef protein: therefore, patients who have an allergy to beef or any other component of EnteraGam® should not take this product. EnteraGam® has not been studied in pregnant women, in women during labor and delivery, or in nursing mothers. The choice to administer EnteraGam® during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or to nursing mothers is at the clinical discretion of the prescribing physician.

EnteraGam® does not contain any milk-derived ingredients such as lactose, casein, or whey. EnteraGam® is gluten-free, dye-free, and soy-free.

Please see full Product Information

To report suspected adverse reactions, contact Entera Health, Inc. at 1-855-4ENTERA (1-855-436-8372), or the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or www.fda.gov/medwatch.