Can you take paracetamol when you have a stomach ache?

Sip on clear fluids. Don't eat solids until the pain goes. A hot water bottle or wheat pack on your tummy may help – or a warm bath. You can take paracetamol for the pain – but no other types of painkillers, because they can irritate your stomach and make the pain worse.
A.

What are the side effects of taking paracetamol?

Side effects from paracetamol are rare, but can include:
  • an allergic reaction, which can cause a rash and swelling.
  • flushing, low blood pressure and a fast heartbeat – this can sometimes happen when paracetamol is given in hospital into a vein in your arm.
  • Is it safe to take paracetamol daily?

    Although it is not possible to say that any medicine is absolutely safe to use in pregnancy, there is currently no good evidence that paracetamol will harm your baby. It is however generally recommended that women who are pregnant use the lowest dose of paracetamol that works, only for as long as needed.
  • How long does it take for paracetamol to take effect?

    That pill needs to be broken down by the digestive system and the paracetamol absorbed into the bloodstream. In general, I think it takes 15–30 minutes for the drug to have full effect. If you take paracetamol in a solution, it will be absorbed faster, so 15 minutes is probably the most time it will take.
  • What are the side effects of paracetamol?

    • Diarrhea.
    • increased sweating.
    • loss of appetite.
    • nausea or vomiting.
    • stomach cramps or pain.
    • swelling, pain, or tenderness in the upper abdomen or stomach area.
B.

What drugs can irritate the stomach?

Classes of medicines that may increase the severity of reflux include the following:
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs)
  • Nitrates.
  • Theophylline.
  • Calcium channel blockers.
  • Oral antibiotics.
  • Birth control pills.
  • What is the best medicine for an upset stomach?

    There are two main types of OTC medications used to treat nausea and vomiting: Bismuth Subsalicylate, the active ingredient in OTC medications like Kaopectate and Pepto-Bismol, protects your stomach lining. Bismuth subsalicylate is also used to treat ulcers, upset stomach and diarrhea.
  • How long does it take for medicine to be absorbed into the body?

    In general, it typically takes approximately 30 minutes for most medications to dissolve. When a medication is coated in a special coating – which may help protect the drug from stomach acids – often times it may take longer for the therapeutic to reach the bloodstream.
  • What medications can cause bloating?

    Medicines or Vitamins That Can Cause Gas, Bloating, or Burping
    • Aspirin.
    • Antacids.
    • Diarrhea medicines, such as Imodium, Kaopectate, and Lomotil.
    • Narcotic pain medicines.
    • Fiber supplements and bulking agents, such as Citrucel, Fiberall, and Metamucil.
    • Multivitamins and iron pills.
C.

Is it OK to take paracetamol on an empty stomach?

Ibuprofen, aspirin and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can irritate the stomach lining, so it is best to take them with food, or a glass of milk. Paracetamol doesn't irritate the stomach lining so it won't matter if you haven't eaten.
  • What are the side effects of paracetamol?

    • Diarrhea.
    • increased sweating.
    • loss of appetite.
    • nausea or vomiting.
    • stomach cramps or pain.
    • swelling, pain, or tenderness in the upper abdomen or stomach area.
  • Is paracetamol an anti inflammatory?

    Paracetamol has relatively little anti-inflammatory activity, unlike other common analgesics such as the NSAIDs aspirin and ibuprofen, but ibuprofen and paracetamol have similar effects in the treatment of headache.
  • What does paracetamol do to you?

    Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is a pain reliever and a fever reducer. Paracetamol is used to treat many conditions such as headache, muscle aches, arthritis, backache, toothaches, colds, and fevers. It relieves pain in mild arthritis but has no effect on the underlying inflammation and swelling of the joint.

Updated: 2nd October 2019

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