It is important to understand that the gastrointestinal system consists of more than one organ. Ten organs work together to digest the food that has been ingested; they include Salivary glands, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and other organs like the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. However, the digestive tract is not immune to the various disorders that impact individual organs. These diseases include hemorrhoids, constipation colon polyps, colitis, diverticular diseases and perianal infections among others. The list is extensive, however, having one drug to solve some if not all of these problems would be advantageous. Nevertheless, from a realistic point of view, it would also have disadvantages that may cause other conditions to occur. If underlying conditions exist the drug may be exaggerated by the drug.
The only advantage that such a drug would have would be the limited number of drug dosage a patient will have to withstand. This will also have an advantage on the liver if the drug is not potent enough to cause other medical conditions. Moreover, the drug should be designed in a manner that it will have maximum efficiency on various disorders as well as diseases that affect the gastrointestinal tract and organs associated.
From a realistic stance, the probability of such a drug is low; this is because various factors have to be put into consideration such as the details of the patients regarding weight, allergens, and medication history among others (Gibson, 2016). First, it should be clear that the acceptance of specific drugs into the human body varies greatly. In that, some patients may easily absorb the drug where others may need higher doses for treatment to commence. Another consideration that has to be taken is the allergic reactions the patient may present towards the drug. It is highly unlikely that one drug can be created for the gastrointestinal system without having allergic reactions to specific individuals. Various people have various allergic reactions to different compounds (Gibson, 2016). This is why there are several types of medication for the same condition. Nurses must mark the specific reactions patients have on specific patients to ensure the pharmacologist can provide the best alternative and send data back to the manufacturer (Gibson, 2016). Finally, several drugs exist in the market that is claimed to cure several disorders. However, these drugs are also known to cause other diseases such as cancer.
The likeliness of one drug treating the entire gastrointestinal system is highly dubious as the body has too many variants that need to be considered before giving medication.
Gibson, M. (Ed.). (2016). Pharmaceutical preformulation and formulation: a practical guide from candidate drug selection to commercial dosage form. CRC Press.