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Can antibiotics still cause stomach problems days after I have finished the 10 day supply?

Can antibiotics still cause stomach problems days after I have finished the 10 day supply?

Yes: Don't know what particular problems you may be referring to, but the answer is complicated and best left by saying "Yes". Be more specific in your followup question and perhaps can help more. ...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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Doc. Gave an antibiotic inj. Plus 2 days of ABs to follow. Possible for strong ABs to cause fatigue, stomach problems persisting for a few weeks?

Doc. Gave an antibiotic inj. Plus 2 days of ABs to follow. Possible for strong ABs to cause fatigue, stomach problems persisting for a few weeks?

Antibiotics: Depending on which antibiotic you were given, there is a possibility that it may cause symptoms like diarrhea however it is unlikely to persist for many weeks if it was a one-time dose. Antibiotic side-effects that are associated with persistent diarrhea could represent an infection known as clostridium difficile. If stomach problems persist, you should be tested. ...Read more

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I have stomach problems since 15 days. Now taking an anti-biotic course as per my physician advise. Full stomach & abdomen sonography reports are ok?

I have stomach problems since 15 days. Now taking an anti-biotic course as per my physician advise. Full stomach & abdomen sonography reports are ok?

"Stomach Problems"?: On the surface of this it seems there may need to be a definitive diagnosis. Heartburn, gerd or reflux of stomach acid, viral gastroenteritis, infectious or travelers diarrhea? Only one of these conditions is really treated with antibiotics unless you have h. Pylori (a bacteria in some people's stomach that needs to be treated if you have ulcers or resistant gastritis). Need more info to answer. ...Read more

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Hello I recently was taking antibiotics and now I'm having horrible stomach pains what could it be?

Hello I recently was taking antibiotics and now I'm having horrible stomach pains what could it be?

Could be many things: This may have nothing to do with your taking antibiotics, but if related it would be because antibiotics kill many of the trillions of friendly bacteria in our intestine but do not kill yeast or many of the unfriendly flora, creating an imbalance of the microbiome that can have long-lasting adverse consequences. Take quality probiotics, but you might have an ulcer, gallstones etc. So see your doc. ...Read more

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What can I do to help my stomach when taking antibiotics?

What can I do to help my stomach when taking antibiotics?

Take meds with food: Usually taking antibiotics with food or a snack or a glass of milk can sometimes help from upsetting the stomach when taking medications. Some antibiotics, however, are affected by things like milk and calcium, like Ciprofloxacin and others. Antibiotics commonly cause diarrhea or constipation. ...Read more

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I'm taking antibiotics that upset my stomach. How do I know what foods can I eat?

I'm taking antibiotics that upset my stomach. How do I know what foods can I eat?

It depends: In general, it depends on which antibiotic. There should be instructions with the antibiotic as it was prescribed to you--usually something printed by the pharmacy--that go into this in some detail. Also your pharmacist can tell you. But it really depends on the drug: tetracyclines require avoiding calcium-containing products. Linezolid requires avoiding wine and certain cheeses. ...Read more

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I'm currently taking antibiotics long term for reoccurring uti's. Is there anything I should take to help protect my stomach or something? Thnx

I'm currently taking antibiotics long term for reoccurring uti's. Is there anything I should take to help protect my stomach or something? Thnx

Probiotic: Long term antibiotics, while many doctors use them for recurrent UTI's, are probably not a good idea. Long term use of antibiotics selects out for bacteria that are resistant to that antibiotic and will likely eventually lead to an untreatable organism. That said, it is a good idea to take probiotics whenever you take an antibiotic to help lessen the chance of diarrhea or yeast infection. ...Read more

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My daughter has chalymidia and is taking antibiotics, when will the stomach pain stop?

My daughter has chalymidia and is taking antibiotics, when will the stomach pain stop?

That depends..: ....On how inflamed the reproductive tract was before treatment began, and whether she's taking her medicines as prescribed. The worse it was, the longer it will take. It might take several weeks to resolve completely. ...Read more

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Can long term antibiotic use cause abdominal swelling and if so, why?

Can long term antibiotic use cause abdominal swelling and if so, why?

bacterial imbalance: There can be many problems assoc with prolonged abx use. The abx will sometimes kill off the "the good bacteria" that helps us with digestion and results in the overgrowth of other organisms (bacteria and fungi-yeast) witch can effect us adversly. The goal is to take abx only if absolutely neccessary and for short periods, the use of prebiotics and probiotics has been shown to be of benifit. ...Read more

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Is stomach pain after levaquin (levofloxacin) antibiotic use normal?

Is stomach pain after levaquin (levofloxacin) antibiotic use normal?

Levaquin (levofloxacin): Abdominal pain can occur with Levaquin (levofloxacin). Be sure to notify prescriber of side effects especially if there is severe abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Drinks cold drink and stomach hurts a lot. Small growth in kidneys, taking antibiotics. Is the cold water and bad stomachache related? Cause for worry

Drinks cold drink and stomach hurts a lot. Small growth in kidneys, taking antibiotics. Is the cold water and bad stomachache related? Cause for worry

See a GI specialist: Cold water should not cause abd. Pain. Growth in kidney has nothing to do with abd. Pain. If pain only started after starting Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and seems to come with Cipro (ciprofloxacin) intake with cold water then Cipro (ciprofloxacin) could be culprit. Sometimes excessive acidity in stomach may cause abd. Pain. ...Read more

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Its been 7 days since I stop taking antibiotics for my stomach and a medicine for ulcers but my stomach got so messed up that am still throwing up.

Its been 7 days since I stop taking antibiotics for my stomach and a medicine for ulcers but my stomach got so messed up that am still throwing up.

go see your doctor: If you continue to vomit this long after you stopped taking meds then go see your doctor to find out what exactly is going on. If you are still taking hydrocodone stop that as well since it could also be making you vomit and feel nausia. ...Read more

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I'm taking antibiotics for a tooth abcess and experiencing upset stomach... Should I be taking anything else like probiotics as well?

I'm taking antibiotics for a tooth abcess and experiencing upset stomach... Should I be taking anything else like probiotics as well?

See below: Antibiotics kill the good bacteria leaving your body defenseless against harmful pathogens like the fast-growing candida yeast. After a course of antibiotics, this yeast can quickly come to dominate your small intestine, resulting in the illness that we know as candidiasis, or candida overgrowth.
Taking probiotics before, during and after your course of antibiotics can actually help. ...Read more

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I just started taking antibiotics and Prilosec for a stomach ulcer, how long does it take for the medicine to kick in start to feel better?

I just started taking antibiotics and Prilosec for a stomach ulcer, how long does it take for the medicine to kick in start to feel better?

Varies: The length of time a patient may feel symptomatic improvement as a result of a treatment can vary from patient to patient. A patient should expect anywhere from a few days to a week to notice improvements. Speak with your doctor if you feel you are not improving. Cessation of smoking and alcohol can be beneficial to your condition. Take great care! ...Read more

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What is considered "too long" for taking an NSAID that it would cause stomach problems?

What is considered "too long" for taking an NSAID that it would cause stomach problems?

No set time duration: NSAIDS can cause problems such as gastritis or stomach ulceration even after relatively brief periods of usage. NSAIDS have a black box warning indicating increased risk of stroke or heart attack. Cardiovascular risk may be increased in patients with other risk factors for CV disease, such as smoking or family history or Diabetes.

Don't take NSAIDS on a chronic basis unless your physician ok's it ...Read more

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Need to know is walking after taking food can cause indigestion or related stomach problems?

Need to know is walking after taking food can cause indigestion or related stomach problems?

It could: Commonly it is taught that a gentle walk after eating can aid in digestion and there are studies that suggest gastrointestinal motility (movement) is improved with walking. But everyone is different and you may be sensitive to any exertion after a meal, as you may suffer from spasms or cramps. ...Read more

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Please tell me, is walking after taking food causes indigestion or related stomach problems?

Please tell me, is walking after taking food causes indigestion or related stomach problems?

It can help: In fact, walking has been showed to speed up digestion and may blunt some of the blood sugar spikes after a meal. Granted, everyone is different and for you, it may create problems. ...Read more

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Are you able to help with stomach problems?

Are you able to help with stomach problems?

Depends: You have to be more specific than "stomach problems". Where is the pain, when is the pain, what is the quality of the pain, any other symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the stool etc. ...Read more

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What foods should I cut out to reduce my stomach problems?

What foods should I cut out to reduce my stomach problems?

Depends: Indigestion for example is reduced by avoiding caffeine, acidic foods like citrus, tomato sauce, carbonated drinks and alcohol/tobacco. Sitting up for 2 hours after eating can help. Gallbladder disease is lessened sometimes by avoiding fatty foods. Eating more smaller meals than fewer big meals can help some disorders. The lactose intolerant avoid milk. Depends on your problem. ...Read more

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I am now having stomach problems for no reason, help?

I am now having stomach problems for no reason, help?

Please provide: Us with more details. There currently isn't enough information provided for us to give helpful feedback. Can clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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What kinds of stomach problems are there breath tests for? How reliable are the tests?

What kinds of stomach problems are there breath tests for? How reliable are the tests?

See below: The test that I think of for breath testing is for helicobacter pylori, which is a bacterial infection of the stomach that can cause gastritis or stomach ulcers. This test is accurate and currently seems to be preferred over blood testing for h. Pylori. There have been some breath testing for intestinal bacterial overgrowth problems, but I do not know if it is performed much anymore. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of my stomach problems?

How can I get rid of my stomach problems?

Please tell us more: About your GI issues. Right now the info is to vague for us to provide a response. Can clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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Can whisky drinking cause stomach problems?

Really? #%: Alcohol is very irritating to the stomach as anyone who have vomited from drinking too much. I know we are prudes across the pond but you Europeans have a misguided notion of what is acceptable drinking. ...Read more

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How can the doctor know if I have stomach problems?

You will need: To tell the physician about your stomach or abdominal symptoms. No matter how good the doctor, s/he is not a mind reader. Take care. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more