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I'm on antibiotics (amoxicillin) andhave the worst stomach aches /heartburn. Can i take Prilosec and Zantac (ranitidine) or will that counteract the amox?

I'm on antibiotics (amoxicillin) andhave the worst stomach aches /heartburn. Can i take Prilosec and Zantac (ranitidine) or will that counteract  the amox?

Take either: I can't recall any reason not to use either medicine for your discomfort. They should have no effect at all on the activities of the antibiotic. Your stomach meds work there & the capsule encases the abx so it glides past the stomach so it avoids the stomach acid. It is absorbed in the intestines before it starts to work. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Im taking antibiotics to treat intestine infection. I take the meds with food but still have upset stomach during the day. Help!?

Im taking antibiotics to treat intestine infection. I take the meds with food but still have upset stomach during the day. Help!?

Can happen!: Unfortunately this can happen to many. Try taking carafate (sucralfate) during the day (several hours before your antibiotic dose. This can help. It is not issues related to stomach acid, so zantac, prilosec, and antacids would not help. Pepto-bismol might work as well! sorry! ...Read more

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Pain occurring on left side of stomach while dancing and running,acidity and frequent food refluxing.What these symptoms suggest and how to cure?

Pain occurring on left side of stomach while dancing and running,acidity and frequent food refluxing.What these symptoms suggest and how to cure?

Acid Teflux: It sounds like you may have a problem with Acid peptic disease and Reflux . Meaning that the content of your stomach is backing up into the esophagus causing burning sensation and pain . It is best to avoid eating heaving before physical activity . Avoid fatty meals . Take Xantac or Omeprazole 30 min before you eat . Avoid anti Inflame drugs such as Aleve (naproxen) or Motrin which can cause ulcers & bleedi ...Read more

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Can PPIs actually cause heartburn? Started taking them for tummy issues, and have since developed heartburn while on them?!

Can PPIs actually cause heartburn? Started taking them for tummy issues, and have since developed heartburn while on them?!

Refractory. : My first thought there would be not that the PPI caused the heartburn, but that your symptoms are progressing despite the PPIs and as such they require further investigation and clarification as to cause. ...Read more

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I've been on Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and Clindamycin for recurring boils on buttocks. Still getting boils while taking antibiotics. What's wrong with me?

I've been on Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and Clindamycin for recurring boils on buttocks. Still getting boils while taking antibiotics. What's wrong with me?

Culture?: Has anyone opened one of these boils and sent the contents for culture? If you're taking antibiotics and still getting them, chances are they are caused by a bacteria (or other organism) that is not sensitive to the antibiotics you are taking. ...Read more

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Boy 6 with urine infection take 250mg/5ml antibiotics after take pills start hurt stomach and vomiting. Can be the cause of antibiotics? To strong ?

Boy 6 with urine infection take 250mg/5ml antibiotics after take pills start hurt stomach and vomiting. Can be the cause of antibiotics? To strong ?

Possibly: Antibiotics commonly cause stomach upset. Sometimes taking them with a few crackers will help. Also make sure he is otherwise getting better. It may be that his UTI is getting worse. If he just can't tolerate the antibiotics review this with his doctor for another management plan. All the best. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting pregnant off of birth control and antibiotics 5 days after stopping antibiotics, and the morning after pill?

What are the chances of getting pregnant off of birth control and antibiotics 5 days after stopping antibiotics, and the morning after pill?

Many variables: You list a lot of different things -no birth control, morning after pill, antibiotics. What you don't mention is how often you had sex or at what point in your cycle, and didn't say how soon after intercourse you used morning after pill. It's hard for us to predict risk of pregnancy without all the information. You should realize that too in the future. If you are having sex, pregnancy always risk ...Read more

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Does the brat diet help someone having side effects from taking antibiotics?

Does the brat diet help someone having side effects from taking antibiotics?

Diarrhea: Yes, the brat diet will likely help you because it has constipating foods. The other thing that will help is taking probiotics along with the antibiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria for the intestinal tract and can be purchased without a prescription. You can get them at your local drugstore and also online. 2 brands: florastor and also florajen. Good luck! ...Read more

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Using probiotic for few months,finished bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for inflamed cyst while on it became bloated and still am can itbe from antibiotic while on probtc?

Using probiotic for few months,finished bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for inflamed cyst while on it  became bloated and still am can itbe from antibiotic while on probtc?

Abdominal Bloating: 36 year old gentleman with a past medical history significant for GERD and cyst treated with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) while on antibiotics. Abdominal bloating can happen for several reasons. While taking Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim), the important thing to know is that the antibiotic can cause severe diarrhea, fever. Now that you have finished your course, studies show probiotic use may decrease antibiotic associated diarrhea. ...Read more

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Diarrhea stopped after taking BRAT diet but feeling mild pain on both side of the lower stomach and lower back. Also feel like bowel is not empty. ?

Diarrhea stopped after taking BRAT diet but feeling mild pain on both side of the lower stomach and lower back. Also feel like bowel is not empty. ?

Stomach bug: You might be cramping due to the infection, but now you might be constipated from the BRAT diet which can make you feel like that. See how you feel after you go to the bathroom next. ...Read more

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Does taking yasmine birth control before bed on an empty stomach cause vomitting?

Does taking yasmine birth control before bed on an empty stomach cause vomitting?

Depends: Ocp are associated with nausea and vomiting in some patients, and is thus one of the more common side effects listed. For many, taking ocp prior to going to bed at night is helpful as the levels are higher while patient is asleep and less likely to be affected. While taking ocp with food in stomach may improve this side effect, many women don't have to. Thus, depends on individual. ...Read more

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Im taking the antibiotic Cipro (ciprofloxacin) for a UTI. Im having stomach bloating and gas from the Cipro (ciprofloxacin). What can i eat/take to help the upset stomach?

Im taking the antibiotic Cipro (ciprofloxacin) for a UTI. Im having stomach bloating and gas from the Cipro (ciprofloxacin). What can i eat/take to help the upset stomach?

Probiotics: You could consider taking probiotics products like kefir - which is inexpensive and readily available in most markets. You can also consider more expensive products like Bio-K which you can find in Whole Food. Try to take the refrigerated formulatoin since they tend to contain higher live bacteria count. Twice a day with meals while you are on antibiotics and a few days after antibiotics is done. ...Read more

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Due to my severe GERD severe heartburn when I take antibiotic pills despite being on PPIs. Do all antibiotics come in injectibles as well? tyvm

Due to my severe GERD severe heartburn when I take antibiotic pills despite being on PPIs. Do all antibiotics come in injectibles as well? tyvm

GERD: Many antibiotics do come in injectable forms. However, if your heartburn is that severe, I would encourage you to speak with your provider. If not already done, you would benefit from an upper endoscopy to see what's going on in the upper GI tract. You might also need twice daily PPI for a period of time. You should have this checked. ...Read more

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Can strep throat and taking antibiotics have an adverse effect on the baby during pregnancy?

Can strep throat and taking antibiotics have an adverse effect on the baby during pregnancy?

Unlikely an issue: The strep throat germs are localized to the throat & will not enter the blood & get to baby. The discomfort you feel during the illness should have no long term effect on baby.The antibiotics used fro strep have no negative effect on the fetus. ...Read more

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Can the medicine "cold-eeze" cause stomach pain if you're also taking the z-pack antibiotics?

Can the medicine "cold-eeze" cause stomach pain if you're also taking the z-pack antibiotics?

Possible: Cold-eeze is a zinc based lozenge, zinc can irritate the stomach, so food may neutralize symptoms. Also antibiotic not only kills the bad bacteria in your body but the good bacteria, especially in your gut. Consider taking probiotics. I love zinc for cold symptoms. There's some good evidence for this! ...Read more

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