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Ibuprofen

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Ibuprofen treats inflammations as well as pain. It acts as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that controls hormones in the body which cause pain and inflammation. It thus offers relief from several problems like toothache, headache, arthritis, pain in the back, other types of small injuries and menstrual cramps.

The drug is suitable for adults as well as children who are 6 months and above.

Ensure that you do not take Ibuprofen if-

  • You have heart disease and are at a risk of suffering from a stroke or heart attack. Even those who do not have heart problems are likely to suffer a stroke or a heart attack because of prolonged use of Ibuprofen.
  • You have recently had a bypass operation.
  • You are allergic to any substance that is present in Ibuprofen.

If you have health problems like asthma, fluid retention, kidney issues, frequent development of ulcers and bleeding, ask you medical practitioner if you can take Ibuprofen. The drug should not be taken during the last trimester of pregnancy as it has been found that it can harm the fetus. Research has not revealed if the drug is harmful for infants who are still breast feeding. In this case it is best that you take your doctor?s advice.

You will experience a few side effects when you take this medication. In case of Ibuprofen some minor side effects that may occur are anemia, vomiting, hypertension, hemorrhage, low hemoglobin levels and eosinophilia. These side effects are quite common and will go away in some time. Get in touch with your health care provider as soon as possible if you develop some of these more serious side effects like pain in the stomach, indigestion, problems with breathing, weight gain, itchy skin, feeling excessively tired and weak, problems with urinations and bowel movements, development of acid in the stomach etc.

Dysmenorrhea
Ibuprofen is used to relieve excessive pain and cramps during menstruation.
Osteoarthritis
Ibuprofen is used to treat symptoms like tender and painful joints associated with Osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Ibuprofen is used to treat symptoms like swelling, pain, and stiffness of joints associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Fever and Pain
Ibuprofen is used to treat headache, back pain, and fever.
Allergy
Not recommended in patients with known allergy to Ibuprofen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs
Asthma
Not recommended in patients with known conditions like asthma, rhinitis, and urticaria.
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG)
Not recommended in patients with recent heart surgery.
Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Not recommended in patients with peptic ulcer disease or any gastrointestinal bleeding disorders.
In addition to its intended effect, Ibuprofen may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Acid or sour stomach Major Common
Heartburn Major Common
Nausea and Vomiting Major Common
Abdominal discomfort Major Less Common
Constipation Major Rare
Decreased urine output Major Rare
Yellow colored eyes or skin Major Rare
Skin Rash Major Rare
Ringing or buzzing in the ears Minor Common
Nervousness Minor Common
Loss of appetite Minor Rare
Running Nose Minor Rare
Duration of effect
The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 4 to 6 hours.
Onset of action
The effect of this medicine can be observed in 30 to 60 minutes.
Pregnancy warnings
This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.
Is it habit forming?
No habit forming tendencies were reported.
Breast-feeding warnings
This medicine is known to excreted through breast milk in small amounts. It is recommended in breastfeeding women.
Missed Dose instructions
The missed dose can be taken as soon as you remember. However, the missed dose should be skipped if it is almost time for the next dose.
Overdose instructions
Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of overdose.
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Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Disease
Asthma Major
Ibuprofen should not be taken if you have NSAID-sensitive asthma. Any such history should be reported to the doctor so that appropriate substitution can be done.
Fluid Retention and edema Major
Ibuprofen should be taken only after consulting a doctor. Monitoring of blood pressure and heart conditions is necessary on a regular level during the course of therapy.
Skin rash Major
Ibuprofen can cause these fatal skin allergies without any warnings. Signs and symptoms like rashes, hives, fever or other allergic symptoms should be reported without any delay. This condition requires immediate medical intervention.
Interaction with Alcohol
Alcohol Moderate
This medicine should not be consumed with alcohol. Symptoms of stomach bleeding (such as the presence of dried and coffee colored blood in cough or stools) should be reported to the doctor immediately.
Interaction with Lab Test
Lab
Information not available.
Interaction with Food
Food
Information not available.
Interaction with Medicine
Methotrexate Major
Ibuprofen may increase the blood levels of methotrexate and can cause liver injury, breathing problem, and bleeding. Inform the doctor if you are receiving pain killers. The dose should be adjusted based on the clinical condition. Close monitoring of kidney function and blood cell count is necessary.
Corticosteroids Moderate
Use with caution as this combination will increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. Inform the doctor if you are taking either of the medicines. Consider taking alternative medicine after consulting your doctor.
Aspirin Major
Ibuprofen may reduce the effect of aspirin and increases the risk of bleeding. Any symptoms like gastrointestinal bleeding, abdominal pain, blood in stools should be informed to the doctor. An alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Antihypertensives Moderate
If you are taking antihypertensives like furosemide and ramipril with Ibuprofen, then you are at increased risk of kidney damage. This interaction is more likely to happen in the elderly population. Regular monitoring of kidney function is necessary. The dose should be adjusted based on the clinical condition.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hi I am suffering from fistula/piles last 1 week, I was lot of pain 2 days then it's come down to normal, is there any surgery need to do, can suggest me medicine or home remedies, I can find out small cyst outside Pls help me.

FMAS, MS
General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
Hi
I am suffering from fistula/piles last 1 week, I was lot of pain 2 days then it's come down to normal, is there an...
Respected Lybrate user, hi Warm welcome to Lybrate.com I have evaluated your query thoroughly.Your narration is not clear to understand it as fistula or piles, need much more details than this to differentiate both. Guidelines at present - Tab. Ibuprofen (400) mg 3 times a day after meals with Rantac.- Sitz bath (sitting in tub filled with lukewarm water 5 minutes each 3 times a day and additionally after passing stools)- Local application of Xylocaine (5 %) jelly over anal part.- High fiber diet with green leafy veg, organic fresh fruits, whole grains, cereals,pulses, legumes.- Avoid all oily, spicy,non veg stuffs, hot beverages.- Bulk forming laxative as Ispaghula husk 3 teaspoonful at night with a glass of lukewarm water for soft, regular evacuations.- Avoid smoking, alcohol if using.- Need of surgery requires physical examination to comment. Hope this will help you for sure. Wishing you fine recovery & happy Diwali in advance. Regards dear take care.
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I have lost my memory due to anxiety as referred to psychiatrist. Since I am taking prothiaden 75 mg and nextril 50 mg for couple of weeks. No sign of recovery rather I have intolerable backbone pain and severe fever especially at night. Even I have frequent panic attacks, trembling and shaking. 1. Are these medicines enough to cure both. 2. Can I take pain killer or paracetamol for pain relief? Please help me.

MSc Applied Biology, Diploma in Naturopathy
Ayurveda, Delhi
I have lost my memory due to anxiety as referred to psychiatrist. Since I am taking prothiaden 75 mg and nextril 50 m...
They do have side effects, but not all may be affected .and those affected without benefits .why they should continue .Why not shift to NATURAL treats and. It is fine to take paracetamol with ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin or codeine (assuming these are appropriate for you). However, don't take paracetamol with co-codamol, co-dydramol or Tramacet because these contain paracetamol.

I have hemorrides problem and I felt very difficulties in passing stool and not pass stool and found small anal fissure, mild proctitis, grade 1 internal and external mass+ hemmorides please suggest me something.

FMAS, MS
General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
I have hemorrides problem and I felt very difficulties in passing stool and not pass stool and found small anal fissu...
Respected lybrate-user, hi Warm welcome to Lybrate.com I have evaluated your query thoroughly.* This needs multi modality management as - Drink plenty of liquids.- Soft, light diet.- Avoid oily, spicy,non veg, hot beverages.- High fiber diet to get soft stools.- Tab. Ibuprofen as pain killer.- Ispaghula husk for getting soft stools.- Xylocaine (5 %) jelly application over the local area.- Sitz bath (sitting in tub filled with lukewarm water 5 minutes each 3 times a day, additionally after passing stools)- Avoid smoking, alcohol if doing.- Avoid stress, anxiety Hope this will help you for sure. Welcome for any further assistance. Thanks dear regards take care.

I am a student who is into medicine field I want to know about the anti pyretic drug interactions.

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology
Psychologist, Palakkad
I am a student who is into medicine field I want to know about the anti pyretic drug interactions.
prescription-strength NSAIDs, including ibuprofen, may be associated with small but statistically significant increases in BP that are greatest when coadministered with ARBs and ACEIs and lowest with calcium channel blockers and loop diuretics. The clinical relevance of these findings remains unclear, although one analysis that modeled the effects of hypertension in patients taking COX-2 inhibitors predicted that NSAID-driven hypertension may contribute to CV events and deaths.67 Given the clear dose- and duration-response relationship between ibuprofen use and ADRs in general43 and the very small increase in BP observed with prescription-strength NSAIDs, any DDI occurring with short-term OTC ibuprofen and antihypertensives would most likely have only a minor effect on BP. However, of most concern is potential inhibition of antihypertensive efficacy with chronic use of higher doses. Thus, hypertensive patients who require ARBs, ACEIs, or thiazide diuretics such as HCTZ should avoid chronic prescription NSAID use.

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Cervical Spondylosis - Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Lucknow
Cervical Spondylosis - Symptoms, Causes, Treatment


Cervical spondylosis:

?Cervical spondylosis is a medical term for neck pain caused by age-related ‘wear and tear’ of bones and tissues. 

The degenerative process chiefly affects the vertebral bodies, the neural foramina, and the facet joints. If it may cause severe pressure on nerve roots with subsequent sensory or motor disturbances, which causes pain, paresthesia, and muscle weakness in the limbs.

Causes of cervical spondylosis

  • Spondylosis is caused from years of constant eccentric pressure, from joint subluxation or poor posture, being placed on the vertebrae, and the discs between them. The aberrant stress causes the body to compose new bone in order to compensate for the new weight distribution. This eccentric weight bearing from bone displacement will cause spondylosis to occur.
  • Poor postures and loss of the mundane spinal curves can lead to spondylosis as well. Spondylosis can affect a person at any age; however, older people are more affected.
  • Cervical spondylosis is a very prevalent condition. It's estimated that 8 out of 10 adults will have some degree of cervical spondylosis by the time they are 60 years old (but many will not have any conspicuous symptoms).
  • The most cases outlook of cervical spondylosis is generally good. Most cases respond well to treatment after a few weeks.

Symptoms of cervical spondylosis

  • Cervical spondylosis includes neck pain and shoulder pain. The pain can be rigorous in some cases.
  • Infrequent headaches may occur, that customarily start at the back of the head, just above the neck, and peregrinate over top of the forehead.
  • Pain conventionally comes and goes, with flare-ups followed by symptom-free periods.
  • Around 1 in 10 people develop perennial (chronic) pain.
  • Other, more severe, symptoms customarily only occur if you develop:
  • Cervical radiculopathy – where a slipped disc or other bone pinches or irritates a nerve
  • The most common symptom of cervical radiculopathy is the sharp pain that" travels" down one of your arms (known as brachialgia).
  • You may experience some numbness or" pins and needles" in the affected arm, and stretching your neck and turning your head makes the pain worse.

Diagnosis of cervical spondylosis

  • The spurling test may be used to evaluate patients with cervical radiculopathy. The sign is elicited by extending, rotating, and laterally flexing the patient’s neck toward the symptomatic side. Then, the doctor applies axial pressure on the spine. Pressure applied on top of the head may increase symptoms.
  • The spurling test has a sensitivity of 30% to 60% and a specificity of 90% to 100%, quite similar to those of other provocative maneuvers (low sensitivity but high specificity). This test help confirms the diagnosis of cervical radiculopathy.
  • X-ray, and mri scans are helpful for diagnosis of pain but generally not definitive and must be considered together with history and physical examinations.

Cervical spondylosis treatment

Treatment for cervical spondylosis depends on the severity of signs of sickness. The goal of treatment relieves pain, help you maintain your normal activities as much as possible, and prevent permanent injury to the nerves and spinal cord.

Physical therapy management

  • There have been several trials and systematic reviews into the use of physical therapy program for treatment of cervical spondylosis and its consequences.
  • There are several types of manipulations and exercises your physiotherapist can utilize to relieve stiffness, strengthen the area, and restore the function of the neck. Treatments such as cold or heat application, deep tissue massage, neck stretching, ultrasound and electrical stimulation may be used prior to exercise.
  • During physiotherapy, you practice a range of exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles that support the neck. You also learn how to improve your posture and range of movement exercises. You have to learn correct postures, the physiotherapist stand in front of a mirror while exercising, so you can see your mistakes and correct them.
  • ?one technique sometimes to provide pain relief and improve movement by cervical traction. Traction gently extends the neck opening the spaces between the cervical vertebrae and temporarily relieve pressure on the affected discs. Neck traction either done continuously or intermittently (short periods of pulling and resting).
  • It’s also possible at home to do cervical traction. There are pulley system devices that enable you to perform cervical traction in lying down. It’s important if you do cervical traction at home to see your physiotherapist first to make sure that you buy the right things and learn how to correctly set up.
  • ?cervical pillows (neck pillows) are designed to stabilize the neck while you sleep.
  • A cervical collar may also help you stabilize and realign your spine and relieve pain.

Medications

If over-the-counter pain medication doesn't help, your doctor might prescribe:

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs- prescribe-strength ibuprofen or naproxen sodium might be needed to relieve pain and inflammation. Muscle relaxants- certain drugs, such as cyclobenzaprine and methocarbamol can help relieve muscle spasms in the neck. Antidepressants- antidepressant medications have also been found to help ease neck pain from cervical spondylosis.

Surgery

Cervical spondylosis tends to be a chronic pain condition, but in most cases, it’s not progressive. Only rare cases surgery is required.

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Indigestion - Things That Can Lead To It!

DDF, FCCP, MD , MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
Indigestion - Things That Can Lead To It!

Indigestion refers to the discomfort in your upper belly or abdomen after you have eaten your food. Indigestion in many cases has an underlying problem like gastro esophageal reflux disease, ulcers or disorders of your gall bladder. Indigestion is also known as dyspepsia in medical terms.

The causes of indigestion due to the presence of any diseases or underlying medical conditions consist of the following:
1. Problems like ulcers
2. In rare cases it could be initial symptoms of stomach cancer
3. Chronic pancreatitis
4. Thyroid disease
5. Infections in your stomach and irritable bowel syndrome
6. Pregnancy could also result in indigestion

Some of the lifestyle habits that can cause indigestion are mentioned below:
1. Excessive consumption of alcohol
2. Smoking cigarettes
3. Stress and fatigue in daily life
4. Consumption of foods with high fat content
5. Regular and excessive intake of fried and oily foods

Medications can also cause indigestion and some of those could be:
1. Steroid medications
2. Thyroid medicines
3. Certain of antibiotics in heavy doses
4. Oral contraceptives and estrogen replacement medications
5. Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen
6. Painkillers

Sometimes indigestion may not be related to the factors mentioned above and yet persist within your body. This type of indigestion is known as functional or non ulcer dyspepsia. You should contact a medical professional immediately if the symptoms of indigestion include some of the following:
1. Back pain
2. Jaw pain
3. Heavy sweating and anxiety
4. Indigestion that lasts longer than one day
5. Severe and sudden pain in the abdomen
6. Problems when you try to swallow food
7. Vomiting or presence of blood in your stool
8. Sudden loss in your weight
9. Skin and eyes turning yellow in color which is a tell tale sign of jaundice

In case your indigestion persists for too long and doesn’t respond to conventional treatment, your doctor might prescribe some of the following tests.
1. Ultra sound tests of your abdomen
2. Blood tests
3. Upper endoscopy
4. Physical examination of your digestive tract and the stomach area
5. Questions by the doctor about what symptoms you may be facing and how they are manifesting within your body. Consult an Expert & get answers to your questions!

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Options Other Than Knee Replacement

MBBS, M. S. (Ortho), SR Ortho (AIIMS) FIJRS (SOUTH KOREA)
Orthopedist, Delhi
Options Other Than Knee Replacement

There is no cure for arthritis but there are a number of treatments that may help relieve the pain and disability it can cause.

  • As with other arthritic conditions, initial treatment of arthritis of the knee is nonsurgical. Your doctor may recommend a range of treatment options.
  • Lifestyle modifications. Some changes in your daily life can protect your knee joint and slow the progress of arthritis.
  • Minimize activities that aggravate the condition, such as climbing stairs.
  • Switching from high impact activities (like jogging or tennis) to lower impact activities (like swimming or cycling) will put less stress on your knee.
  • Losing weight can reduce stress on the knee joint, resulting in less pain and increased function.
  • Physical therapy. Specific exercises can help increase range of motion and flexibility, as well as help strengthen the muscles in your leg. Your doctor or a physical therapist can help develop an individualized exercise program that meets your needs and lifestyle.
  • Assistive devices. Using devices such as a cane, wearing shock-absorbing shoes or inserts, or wearing a brace or knee sleeve can be helpful. A brace assists with stability and function, and may be especially helpful if the arthritis is centered on one side of the knee. There are two types of braces that are often used for knee arthritis: an" unloader" brace shifts weight away from the affected portion of the knee, while a" support" brace helps support the entire knee load.
  • Other remedies. Applying heat or ice, using pain-relieving ointments or creams, or wearing elastic bandages to provide support to the knee may provide some relief from pain.
  • Medications. Several types of drugs are useful in treating arthritis of the knee. Because people respond differently to medications, your doctor will work closely with you to determine the medications and dosages that are safe and effective for you.
  • Over-the-counter, non-narcotic pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications are usually the first choice of therapy for arthritis of the knee. Acetaminophen is a simple, over-the-counter pain reliever that can be effective in reducing arthritis pain.
  • Like all medications, over-the-counter pain relievers can cause side effects and interact with other medications you are taking. Be sure to discuss potential side effects with your doctor.
  • Another type of pain reliever is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or nsaid (pronounced" en-said"). Nsaids, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are available both over-the-counter and by prescription. A cox-2 inhibitor is a special type of nsaid that may cause fewer gastrointestinal side effects. Common brand names of cox-2 inhibitors include celebrex (celecoxib) and mobic (meloxicam, which is a partial cox-2 inhibitor). A cox-2 inhibitor reduces pain and inflammation so that you can function better. If you are taking a cox-2 inhibitor, you should not use a traditional nsaid (prescription or over-the-counter). Be sure to tell your doctor if you have had a heart attack, stroke, angina, blood clot, hypertension, or if you are sensitive to aspirin, sulfa drugs or other nsaids.
  • Corticosteroids (also known as cortisone) are powerful anti-inflammatory agents that can be injected into the joint these injections provide pain relief and reduce inflammation; however, the effects do not last indefinitely. Your doctor may recommend limiting the number of injections to three or four per year, per joint, due to possible side effects.
  • In some cases, pain and swelling may" flare" immediately after the injection, and the potential exists for long-term joint damage or infection. With frequent repeated injections, or injections over an extended period of time, joint damage can actually increase rather than decrease.
  • Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (dmards) are used to slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. Drugs like methotrexate, sulfasalazine, and hydroxychloroquine are commonly prescribed.
  • In addition, biologic dmards like etanercept (embril) and adalimumab (humira) may reduce the body's overactive immune response. Because there are many different drugs today for rheumatoid arthritis, a rheumatology specialist is often required to effectively manage medications.
  • Viscosupplementation involves injecting substances into the joint to improve the quality of the joint fluid.
  •  Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, substances found naturally in joint cartilage, can be taken as dietary supplements. Although patient reports indicate that these supplements may relieve pain, there is no evidence to support the use of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate to decrease or reverse the progression of arthritis.
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8 Signs and Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis!

MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS
Internal Medicine Specialist, Mumbai
8 Signs and Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis!

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disorder (wherein the immune system attacks the body tissues) resulting in joint inflammations. Joints, which are used more frequently, such as knees, fingers, shoulders, wrists, elbows and hips get affected more commonly by this disease. Rheumatoid arthritis might also affect the adjoining tissues, such as the ligaments and tendons. While doctors are still skepticle about what exactly causes the disease, a significant dip in immunity might cause the inflammation of the joints, resulting in people who suffer from obesity, people in the age group of 40-60, people who have a family history of this condition, regular smokers and women being more prone to this disease.

The symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis include but are not limited to:

  1. Intense pain in the morning
  2. Recurring instances of mild fever along with the pain.
  3. Abnormally enlarged joints turning red in colour, resulting in intense pain.
  4. Stiffness in the joints
  5. Significant increase in the pain in low-temperature conditions
  6. Being severely tired and experiencing an alarming decrease in weight

Treatments
If rheumatoid arthritis is not diagnosed immediately, it might lead to future complications, such as blood cancers in the lymph nodes, osteoporosis (a medical condition resulting in brittle bones), infections, blockages in and gradual stiffening of the arteries. The treatment of rheumatoid arthritis includes:

  1. Prescribed dosage of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and Naproxen will help. Anti-rheumatoid drugs and steroid drugs such as ‘prednisone’ help in the reduction of inflammation and pain. The medication will be prescribed depending on the severity of the condition.
  2. Performing regular exercises in order to maintain the flexibility of the joints with due consultation from the physiotherapist.
  3. In extreme conditions, the doctor might suggest surgeries which include:
    • Complete replacement of the joint with a metal prosthetic
    • Repairing of tendons if the tendons are severely affected
    • Synovectomy which will remove the damaged portion of the joint
    • Joint fusion which will readjust the joint and reduce the pain
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Suffering From Stomach Bug - Things You Must Eat & Avoid!

Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S)
General Physician, Delhi
Suffering From Stomach Bug - Things You Must Eat & Avoid!

Gastroenteritis or stomach flu is one of the commonest stomach infections in us, humans. It occurs due to infection by different viruses like the norovirus, which spread due to contaminated food. Its symptoms can be quite nasty- You may feel nauseous, have fever, fatigue, bloating, stomach pain, chills, diarrhoea and muscle aches and pains. And depending on the type of virus you have, stomach flu can last from one to 10 days. But is there a way to cull this stomach bug? Yes, more than one.

Read on to know more

  1. Drinking the right fluids is key to fast recovery: Fluids are critical for recovery from gastroenteritis because you’re losing vital body fluids through vomiting and diarrhoea. The right fluids are clear liquids like water and broth. Electrolyte containing drinks like sports drinks are pretty useful and so is ginger tea as ginger has anti-microbial qualities and helps with nausea. Peppermint tea helps calm your stomach. What not to drink? 
    • Coffee
    • Black tea
    • Chocolate
    • Any drink with caffeine is contraindicated when a stomach bug bites. Caffeine affects sleep and a good night’s sleep is important for a full recovery.
    • Alcohol should also be strictly avoided as it’s a diuretic and can dehydrate you further.
  2. Stick to BRAT dietThe BRAT diet i.e bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast should be your mainstay during stomach flu. The diet has foods that are super easy to digest, contain a lot of carbohydrates to give you energy and provide you nutrients which you’ve lost through vomiting and diarrhoea.
    • Bananas: Bananas are easy to digest and replace lost nutrients like potassium. They also strengthen stomach lining.
    • Rice: Avoid brown rice as it has too much fibre, but white rice is good for sensitive stomach and provides energy from carbohydrates.
    • Applesauce: Provides energy due to carbs and sugars, and also contains pectin to help control diarrhoea.
    • Toast: Avoid whole-wheat bread because fibre is difficult to digest. White bread is easier to digest.
    • What to avoid?
      • Milk and curd are both to be avoided as they are hard to digest.
      • Fibre containing foods: When your bowels are loose, you don’t need the extra fibre.
      • Salty and oily foods like rich curries.
      • Do away with tomato sauces, tomato-based dishes, curries, and chillies.
  3. Rest: Rest is required to fight off the stomach bug. It’s better if you reduce your activities during the day.
  4. Medications: Stomach flu lasts for a maximum of 10 days and medicines like antibiotics don’t help as they can’t fight a virus. You can take medicines to help control symptoms of the problem, but you should do so sparingly. Like you can take ibuprofen for fever, headache, or muscle aches. Tylenol can also relieve fever and aches and has fewer side effects than ibuprofen and is easier on your stomach.
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