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Table 5 Over-the-counter (OTC) medications and non-medication treatments recommended at any time during the study period*

From: The epidemiology and treatment of anal fissures in a population-based cohort

  N (% of abstracted)
Stool softeners 30 (16.8%)
Laxatives 39 (21.8%)
OTC topical pain relievers (e.g., Preparation H®, Anusol®) 11 ( 6.1%)
Total patients with a documented OTC medication recommendation 65 (36.3%)
Specific diet recommendations (e.g., increased fiber in diet) 96 (53.6%)
Total with ≥1 non-pharmaceutical treatment recommendations 119 (66.5%)
  1. *Results from 179 patients with medical record abstraction.