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Medication or Pills to Eliminate Ostomy Odor | Ask Laura

Laura Cox
Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist | Shield HealthCare
05/30/14  8:48 PM PST
Eliminate Ostomy Odor

Q: Hi Laura,
Can you tell me of any medication or pills I can take that eliminate or lessen odor? It seems to be worse in the mornings. I am going on vacation with friends and it can be very embarrassing.

Thank you,


A: Hi Julie,

There are pills you can take to lessen odor. The most popular option among people with stomas is called Devrom. It comes in a capsule or tablet. I would always ask your doctor about any new medications or pills you take before deciding to use them.

You can also try to control the odor by adding parsley, yogurt, kefir or other odor neutralizing foods into your diet. Remember, foods like fish, eggs, onions, and garlic can cause ostomy output to be more odorous. This doesn’t mean you have to avoid them, but just some food for thought.

There are also products that can eliminate odor. Ostomy pouch deodorant is a great option! You simply drip a couple drops into the pouch when you change your bag and every time after you empty; that’s it! There are many different options when it comes to odor eliminators, but I have two favorites: Hollister’s M9 drops, and Securi-T’s Lubricating Gel Deodorant.

I carry them around in my purse and use them every time I empty my ostomy bag. I also like to carry around a small air freshener (they carry perfect sized air freshener to keep in your purse at Yankee Candle) just in case I forget to use my odor eliminating drops.

Lastly, one of my new favorite options is called Poo-Pourri, which you simply spray into the toilet before emptying the pouch. The essential oils create a film that captures the smell underneath the water!

I hope this helps! Have a wonderful vacation!


You can also read a longer article that Laura wrote about Odor Management with an Ostomy.

For more information, see related ostomy FAQ articles and resources here:

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  1. Lutricia g.
    Posted March 23, 2019 at 8:40 pm PDT

    I have tried all type of ostmoy bag and still have leaked and I have my for six years.

  2. Aimee Sharp
    Posted March 25, 2019 at 2:22 pm PDT

    Hi Lutricia. Thanks for your comment. Hm, well, it’s not the bags, but the seal. There are several ways to get a good seal – and we will go over some of them in the webinar that we’re hosting tomorrow: Clinical and Lifestyle Concerns with an Ostomy. Different things to look into would be if you could use paste to caulk the area around your stoma so it’s flatter for a better seal. Or maybe you could use a convex wafer? We would also recommend checking out ostomy rings, or barrier strips. You stoma can change shape over time, so it’s always good to see an ostomy nurse if you have an issue that you’re having trouble with. We had a recent post on Facebook about leaks, where over 15 ostomates commented with their tips. We hope you find at least one item in there that’s helpful. Best of luck! -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

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