Top
30
Doctor insights on: Is It Ok To Take Ibuprofen If Have Stomach Flu

Share

Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


4

4
Is ibuprofen (Advil/aleve) okay to take during stomach flu to treat headaches and cramps or will it lead to Reye's disease like aspirin?

Okay: It is okay to take ibuprofen or Naproxen while you have the stomach flu, as it will not lead to Reyes syndrome.
However, these type of medications (NSAIDs) can further irritate your stomach. I would recommend trying acetaminophen first. ...Read more

5

5
Have stomach flu like symptoms along with severe leg pain & chest pain, should I go to Er? There's no relief with Advil (ibuprofen).

Have stomach flu like symptoms along with severe leg pain & chest pain, should I go to Er? There's no relief with Advil (ibuprofen).

Chest pain: Anyone with unexplained chest pain alone should be seen ASAP by a doctor. In your case there are several issues that deserve an examination. ER would be a good idea. Hope it all turns out to be easily resolved. Best wishes. ...Read more

6

6
Stomach flu for 2 days. No more pain, nor nausea, mild diarhea and fatigue. I have a massive headache. Too soon for advil (ibuprofen)? Stated eating this morn

Stomach flu for 2 days. No more pain, nor nausea, mild diarhea and fatigue. I have a massive headache. Too soon for advil (ibuprofen)? Stated eating this morn

Stomach flu: Is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve, Advil) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP for examination. ...Read more

8

8
I think I have a stomach flu, what medicines should I take to ease the pain?

I think I have a stomach flu, what medicines should I take to ease the pain?

Going it alone?: If you don't want a Dr and Rx, ask a pharmacist to recommend OTC items that address your specific symptoms. W/out a Dr's Dx, it might not be a flu but another type of GI upset. It could be worth a visit to see. Some will spread to others in your home - think it over. Best! ...Read more

11

11
Should I take immodium and or gravol with the stomach flu? Or will it make me more ill, keeping the virus in my body? Thanks

Should I take immodium and or gravol with the stomach flu? Or will it make me more ill, keeping the virus in my body? Thanks

Stay hydrated: When fighting the "stomach flu" (which is not always influenza), the most important thing is to stay hydrated. Take small sips of water and/or dilute gatorade, or pedialyte. If you vomit it up, wait 30 min or so and try again, slowly. If you can't keep anything down, er.

Anti-diarrhea meds aren't bad but you should consult your doctor, as it could mask other things. Hydration is still the key. ...Read more

12

12
Am I preganant? . I had a period that was only 4 days rather than my normal 6 days...My stomach has been upset it feels lik stomach flu. I take birthco

Am I preganant? . I had a period that was only 4 days rather than my normal 6 days...My stomach has been upset it feels lik stomach flu. I take birthco

Not likely: If it was an actual period than you are not pregnant from sexual activity prior to that time. Take a pregnancy test if unsure. ...Read more

13

13
I've got the stomach flu and I have a lot of pain. Would it be safe and affective to take a hydrocodone?

I wouldn't recommend: Hydrocodone for the stomach flu. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy ; high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

14

14
Please help! I have a stomach flu and I have a lot of pain. Would it be safe and affective to take a hydrocodone?

Please help! I have a stomach flu and I have a lot of pain. Would it be safe and affective to take a hydrocodone?

That is not the best: Course of action. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy ; high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

15

15
I've had a stomach flu and now have bad indigestion which is uncomfortable, is there anything I can take or should I just let it run it's course?

I've had a stomach flu and now have bad indigestion which is uncomfortable, is there anything I can take or should I just let it run it's course?

Probiotics: Avoid all grains and lentils, milk products for a few weeks at least. Take a good probiotic like MegaFood MegaFlora Plus, daily.
Consume plenty of fresh vegetables, flesh foods.
Get some sunshine for at least 30 min/day around noon. Alternatively you can take vit D3 5000-10000 Iu/day for expedited recovery. ...Read more

16

16
Ivan I take an anti dihareeal medicine for stomach flu or nothing at all?

Ivan I take an anti dihareeal medicine for stomach flu or nothing at all?

Yes: You can take otc antidiarrheal medication to alleviate the nausea and vomiting and diarrhea associated with acute gastroenteritis, but only if these symptoms are proving disturbing. If you can tolerate them it is ok to do nothing. ...Read more

17

17
What to take for a stomach flu in general?

What to take for a stomach flu in general?

No meds - fluids: Lots of fluids, esp fluids with salts to prevent dehydration - either oral or IV if needed. Symptomatic management. ...Read more

18

18
Can I take ondansetron with the stomach flu?

Can I take ondansetron with the stomach flu?

Yes: Ask for the oral dissolve tablets to avoid throwing them up. ...Read more

20

20
Can I take reglan (metoclopramide) for the stomach flu?

Can I take reglan (metoclopramide) for the stomach flu?

Might back fire: Reglan (metoclopramide) is a prokinetic, meaning it makes the gut move faster. It can make it move faster one way or the other. So if you are having vomiting or diarrhea, it could make it worse. Reglan (metoclopramide) is used in folks whose GI tracts do not move well, ie delayed gastric emptying. If you have been prescribed this, then talk to you doctor. Don't every use something prescribed for someone else. Try probiotics. ...Read more

21

21
Is it possible for me to take vicodin when I have the stomach flu?

Yes ypu can if presc: Yes you can if it is prescribed for an acute condition and you are not vomiting and can tolerate it along with rest of treatment for stomach flu if prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

22

22
Can you tell me if I could take Zofran (ondansetron) for the stomach flu?

Can you tell me if I could take Zofran (ondansetron) for the stomach flu?

If prescribed for u: If you have a prior rx for zofran, (ondansetron) and handled it ok when you took it, yes, you could take it for the stomach flu. However, we are assuming stomach flu and not other potential diagnoses only a doctor could make. Get it checked out if you have more than usual nausea/vomiting, or start getting abdominal pain, worsening symptoms overall... ...Read more

23

23
I have a painful stomach flu. Would it be safe and effective to take a hydrocodone?

Not really: Used according to prescription it wouldn't kill you, but it causes stomach irritation & constipation.As for fever or muscle aches you may have, NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen (Advil or Aleve) are far more effective, but these, too, can cause stomach irritation. Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) is still a reasonable OTC treatment (but can also constipate) & Emetrol for nausea. Your dr. Can provide other alternatives. ...Read more

24

24
What to take for stomach flu if breastfeeding?

What to take for stomach flu if breastfeeding?

Stay hydrated: Make sure you're taking enough fluids, and eat only a bland diet until you feel completely better. This means easy to digest foods like rice, bananas, toast, plain baked potato, broth, etc. Avoid fried, heavy, fatty, saucy, creamy foods until your condition has returned to normal (and consider avoiding all that same stuff for your general health after you're better). ...Read more

25

25
I was taking 4mg Medrol (methylprednisolone) pack had to stop due to stomach flu Can I take the remaining 11 pills (3 x 2 days, 2 x 2 days, 1 x 1 day)?

I was taking 4mg Medrol (methylprednisolone) pack had to stop due to stomach flu Can I take the remaining 11 pills (3 x 2 days, 2 x 2 days, 1 x 1 day)?

Yes, but: If delay was >2 days, and are not having worsening symptoms from what got you put on the Medrol (methylprednisolone) pack, then probably do not need to. If symptoms worse, may need to call Dr to get new pack to restart taper for benefit. ...Read more

26

26
Can we take packet soups during stomach flu.

Can we take packet soups during stomach flu.

Yes: When having the stomach flu, you should take in plenty of fluid to replace losses. Even when sick, we can still absorb fluids from our stomach and intestine, so keep pushing the fluids. If you can tolerate the soup, go ahead and drink it. ...Read more

27

27
Is there any medicine that I can take to feel better with the stomach flu?

Is there any medicine that I can take to feel better with the stomach flu?

Rest is best: Resting and drinking plenty of fluid is best. Flu is viral, there are no medications to cure the flu. If your are not vomiting take plenty of small sips of clear liquid, take tyelenol for body aches. If your symptoms also involve upper respiratory symptoms then see your doctor to check if you have influenza. If seen with early symptoms you can get a prescription for medicine to shorten duration. ...Read more

29

29
Can you take zofran (ondansetron) when you are taking sertraline 50mg daily. Taking zofran (ondansetron) for stomach flu?

Can you take zofran (ondansetron) when you are taking sertraline 50mg daily. Taking zofran (ondansetron) for stomach flu?

Serotonin syndrome?: Using zofran (ondansetron) and sertraline can cause a condition called serotonin syndrome. But for few doses, it may not happen. But if encounter confusion, blurry vision, stiffness, fever, tremors, sweating, fast heart rates, high r low BP, nausea, vomiitng, and. Cramprs, sleepiness stop the zofran (ondansetron) and contact your PCP immediately as sometimes, even with just few doses itself it can happen ...Read more

30

30
I take prometrium (micronized progesterone) 15 days of my cycle. I have the stomach flu. Is it safe to take right now?

I take prometrium (micronized progesterone) 15 days of my cycle. I have the stomach flu. Is it safe to take right now?

It's perfectly safe: ...to take even if you have "stomach flu." However, if you vomit after taking promethium, it might not get into your system and, as a result, it might not be effective. If your symptoms last more than 3 days, I recommend you see your doctor or arrange for a Virtual Visit on HealthTap. Best wishes. Dr. Anne. ...Read more

Dr. David Cohen
850 Doctors shared insights

Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
1,259 Doctors shared insights

Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more