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upset stomach from antibiotics

Answered on December 28, 2016
Created April 30, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I unfortunately had to start taking antibiotics a few days ago for an infection in my toe. I held off as long as I could and tried to use some natural things to get rid of it but it just got worse. The antibiotics are sure doing a number on my stomach, really bad burning feeling and general upset. So my question is, does anyone know of anything that will help calm my stomach? I still have 10 days of the med's left and am not looking forward to it...Thanks for your input!

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on December 22, 2016
at 06:36 AM

Some people say that antibiotic can causes pain by killing all the good bacteria in your intestines.

But you can also get this pain just by the antibiotic irritating your stomach. Doxycycline irritates my stomach.

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on October 16, 2012
at 12:52 AM

I know some can't have alcohol.

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on August 29, 2012
at 11:22 PM

Consider kefir, it's a probiotic that colonizes your gut. If the pain gets unbearable, consider fecal transplants. Seriously!

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:05 PM

Also, @Molly is totally correct about taking it with food. I would defer to her if she disagrees, but I recall doxy being recommended with food and ok even with dairy (so long as your gut flora aren't being ravaged to the point they can't break down disaccharides). A probiotic will definitely help prevent that.

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:01 PM

It is the most common cause of suppurative skin infections that require antibiotic treatment, which is why I made the point of commenting on it. I'm actually a little surprised you were given doxycycline, unless your physician suspects MRSA (methicillin resistant Staph. aureus), which responds well to tetracyclines.

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:15 AM

thanks for the info, i didn't know it would help to also limit carbs. I'm taking doxycycline, it's a 2 week course. I do agree with you about stopping the antibiotics early though and the amoxicillin + clavulanic acid sounds like it would have been perfect for my toe, as staph. is often the cause of this kind of infection.

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:04 AM

@Bruno, unfortunately this is exactly what i expected...hence why i tried the natural things first :)...bone broth sounds good though, thanks.

28b5f648e0f5d92dd2c7edac38361d99

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:00 AM

thanks Molly, i'm gonna go get some probiotics asap.

28b5f648e0f5d92dd2c7edac38361d99

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on May 01, 2012
at 01:57 AM

good to know Joy, i always seem to get stomach pain when i take antibiotics so i just thought it was normal. I am however allergic to amoxicillin, so the doc gave me doxycycline instead.

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on April 30, 2012
at 07:14 PM

I'd also add that you're seriously damaging your gut flora with the course of antibiotics - being cognizant of foods that require gut flora to break down (specifically dairy and excessive amounts of fiber) may reduce your stomach distress a bit. VLC is pretty good for healing and suppressing infection as well, couldn't hurt to pick up some extra meat this week.

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on April 30, 2012
at 07:11 PM

Second this. The plain pink amoxicillin pills are pretty easy on the stomach comparatively. If you have anything with "clavulanic acid" in it, that is going to be your culprit - that stuff tears my stomach up pretty bad.

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on April 30, 2012
at 05:28 PM

What did you expect, really :)? Bone broth is probably what you wanna consume now. Maybe some well-ripened fruit too.

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on April 30, 2012
at 05:34 PM

Go back to the doctor. Get a different anti-biotic. This happened to me once and it was terrible. I went back straight away and got a different one and now i write the one that hurt my stomach as I am allergic to it so I never get it again. They shouldn't hurt your stomach, I know this. Go back to the doctor, don't stay in pain for no reason.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on April 30, 2012
at 07:11 PM

Second this. The plain pink amoxicillin pills are pretty easy on the stomach comparatively. If you have anything with "clavulanic acid" in it, that is going to be your culprit - that stuff tears my stomach up pretty bad.

28b5f648e0f5d92dd2c7edac38361d99

(265)

on May 01, 2012
at 01:57 AM

good to know Joy, i always seem to get stomach pain when i take antibiotics so i just thought it was normal. I am however allergic to amoxicillin, so the doc gave me doxycycline instead.

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on April 30, 2012
at 11:22 PM

As a pharmacist I can say that the reason you are having stomach problems is because your normal gut flora (the normal bacteria that helps you digest food) is being upset by the antibiotic which is killing off the normal flora and not because of an allergic reaction. A probiotic should help and you should try taking it with some food (depending on what antibiotic it shouldn't be dairy). If you were allergic to this medication you would have a rash or hives (which can be helped by taking an antihistamine) or trouble breathing. You may be intolerant of this medication but it's definitely not an allergy. Make sure you are staying hydrated.

28b5f648e0f5d92dd2c7edac38361d99

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:00 AM

thanks Molly, i'm gonna go get some probiotics asap.

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on April 30, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Bone broth is a great idea here, as are probiotics. Avoiding dairy and carbs is crucial, unless ingested along with bacteria that are already breaking them down (I'm looking at you here, kefir). If I knew which antibiotics you were on, I could help more. If you're on a ten-day course, that sounds like Augmentin (amoxicillin + clavulanic acid) or azithromycin, but could be any number of drugs. If it's either of the above, taking them with food will decrease GI upset, but also decrease effectiveness. But @Joy is right that you should tell your doctor if you're experiencing severe GI issues: there's probably something else that will do as good a job.

As a side note: clavulanic acid is added to amoxicillin to treat bacteria resistant to penicillins, and its addition permits amoxicillin to be used for bugs it couldn't otherwise touch (Staph. species, among others). You can't always just use amoxicillin with similar effectiveness, but there are nearly always alternatives to penicillin-derivatives.

Also, until you get a new prescription it's usually a terrible idea to not complete the course of the antibiotics you're on, even if the infection seems to clear: folks do this all the time, and it primarily serves to enhance drug-resistance of the bacteria without fully clearing the infection (i.e. worse for you and worse for the world).

28b5f648e0f5d92dd2c7edac38361d99

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on May 01, 2012
at 02:15 AM

thanks for the info, i didn't know it would help to also limit carbs. I'm taking doxycycline, it's a 2 week course. I do agree with you about stopping the antibiotics early though and the amoxicillin + clavulanic acid sounds like it would have been perfect for my toe, as staph. is often the cause of this kind of infection.

8496289baf18c2d3e210740614dc9082

(1867)

on May 01, 2012
at 02:05 PM

Also, @Molly is totally correct about taking it with food. I would defer to her if she disagrees, but I recall doxy being recommended with food and ok even with dairy (so long as your gut flora aren't being ravaged to the point they can't break down disaccharides). A probiotic will definitely help prevent that.

8496289baf18c2d3e210740614dc9082

(1867)

on May 01, 2012
at 02:01 PM

It is the most common cause of suppurative skin infections that require antibiotic treatment, which is why I made the point of commenting on it. I'm actually a little surprised you were given doxycycline, unless your physician suspects MRSA (methicillin resistant Staph. aureus), which responds well to tetracyclines.

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on April 30, 2012
at 05:38 PM

With some antibiotics, it is recommended that they be taken with food for that very reason. For example, doxycycline on an empty stomach made me feel ill, but with food, it was no problem.

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on July 11, 2013
at 11:06 AM

all of this info. has been very helpful. my husband has toe infection was prescribed Augmentin 875mg for 10 days...and now has upset stomach evrey time he eats, just started him on triple strain of probiotics (acidophilus which is non-dairy) hopefully we will have success!

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on August 29, 2012
at 11:09 PM

I'm having the same problem. In March 2012 the doctor prescribed a Terracycline antibiotics for me. Two days after I took them I developed a strong stomach pain and stomach burn that is still going even after six months (september). I have changed my doctor since, but I have not yet told my new doctor about the stomach pain.

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on August 29, 2012
at 11:22 PM

Consider kefir, it's a probiotic that colonizes your gut. If the pain gets unbearable, consider fecal transplants. Seriously!

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on December 28, 2016
at 03:42 PM

I currently on 3rd antibiotic and just started probiotics 2 days ago. Because I was have such loose bowel movements.  Now I'm having bad stomach pain. Upper tummy. I'm wondering if itso the probiotics.  And now my stool is very acidic. I'm worried

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on July 23, 2013
at 02:42 PM

I ask my doctor for shots...because any pill makes me sick

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on June 15, 2013
at 08:56 PM

you maybe struggling with a strepcocci infection i know i am doc ran a test gdx.net they found 6 antibiotics still in my system from yrs ago. id encourage all to take that test. docs only find whats on bloodwork not the actual facts u are suffering from. i found this page cuz i was looking for help with the same problem chrissy

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on June 01, 2013
at 09:12 AM

Most of these people don't know what they are talking about. There is 2 factors to this. It's not the flora that is burnig your stomach. Antibiotics also upset your actual stomach rather than what everyone else is talking about - intestines. You need antacid medication in addition to probiotics. ANTIACID! Or even better proton pump inhibitor for the time that you are taking antibiotics.

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on October 16, 2012
at 12:39 AM

One Coors Light.

381205e58142f72919e68329955ad7f6

on October 16, 2012
at 12:52 AM

I know some can't have alcohol.

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on April 30, 2012
at 09:02 PM

Not giving anything approximating medical advice but certain countries also give things like saccharomyces boulardii alongside antimicrobials: http://questioning-answers.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/saccharomyces-boulardii-nescio-quid.html Also: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2494098

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