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Having stomach trouble from anti-inflammatory (arthrotec) for arthritis. Is there anything I can do to ease my stomach cramps and gas?

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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Travel Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: NSAIDs with food

All NSAID anti-inflammatory meds (such as advil (ibuprofen) & motrin) can cause stomach irritation.
Using smallest effective dose, and taking with food can help. Taking with another "antacid" can also help - arthotec is already a combination rx. You may wish to try another nsiad. There are also other medications for arthritis still hurting if nsaids fail. Lastly, consider non-traditinoal tx eg: acupuncture.

In brief: NSAIDs with food

All NSAID anti-inflammatory meds (such as advil (ibuprofen) & motrin) can cause stomach irritation.
Using smallest effective dose, and taking with food can help. Taking with another "antacid" can also help - arthotec is already a combination rx. You may wish to try another nsiad. There are also other medications for arthritis still hurting if nsaids fail. Lastly, consider non-traditinoal tx eg: acupuncture.
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Arthrotec (diclofenac and misoprostol)

Arthrotec (diclofenac and misoprostol) contains diclofenac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which blocks the production of prostaglandin, and misoprostol, a synthetic prostaglandin that stimulates the mucus secretion and protects the lining of the stomach.
However, as diclofenac is a potent nsaid, its GI effect is not completely counterbalanced by misoprostol. Try taking a ppi med, such as prilosec, 30 min before meal.

In brief: Arthrotec (diclofenac and misoprostol)

Arthrotec (diclofenac and misoprostol) contains diclofenac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which blocks the production of prostaglandin, and misoprostol, a synthetic prostaglandin that stimulates the mucus secretion and protects the lining of the stomach.
However, as diclofenac is a potent nsaid, its GI effect is not completely counterbalanced by misoprostol. Try taking a ppi med, such as prilosec, 30 min before meal.
Dr. Michio Abe
Dr. Michio Abe
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