When people take antibiotics, they sometimes have stomach pain, which can be called painless pain. Gastric pain can be reported as a potential side effect in the drug information sheet. Not everyone gets stomach pain by taking antibiotics and there are actions you can take to avoid it. Reading and attaching warning signs, taking medicines as directed and discussing them with your doctor before taking antibiotics can help you avoid associated abdominal pain.
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Take the antibiotic medicine as directed. Some antibiotics such as ampicillin work faster on an empty stomach. Cefzil, a cephalosporin, works best when taken on an empty stomach, but you can eat it to avoid the stomach. Augmentin should be taken with food to reduce gastric irritation. Take tetracycline 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. Collect contradictory or confusing information with your doctor or pharmacist. If you have stomach disorders, talk to your doctor about the possibility of changing medications.
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Note the importance of taking antibiotics with or without food. There are hundreds of antibiotics available and most work to kill or at least prevent the growth of bacteria. Antibiotics that enter the stomach are linked to specific target receptors in your bloodstream. Food or milk that affects the absorption of drugs can affect the effectiveness of the drug. For example, intake of tetracycline with milk may reduce the absorption capacity of the drug as calcium from milk binds to it. The infection may not be cleared properly if your antibiotics cannot work effectively.
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Note that drugs such as tetracycline or cephalosporins can cause stomach pain as an indirect consequence of the pH imbalances resulting from the destruction of beneficial bacteria in the gastric mucosa. Take Acidophilus or probiotics after antibiotic treatment to bring gastric pH back to normal. Restoring gastric pH can help promote the spread of beneficial bacteria.
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Find out how much food makes you more comfortable when your medicines are needed to provide you with food. Usually, eating more often helps to avoid stomach aches. Some people find it difficult to adjust their eating habits to their medication.
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Put a hot steam towel or a bottle of hot water on your stomach. The heat can temporarily relieve you and help you avoid stomach pain caused by your medications.
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Ask your doctor if another antibiotic is not because stomach pain is available to you. You may feel that it's time to switch medicines. But only a small selection of antibiotics suitable for your treatment may be available and all of this can cause stomach pain.