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How do medications treat stomach flu?

Depending on the cause and symptoms of acute gastroenteritis (sometimes inaccurately called stomach flu), medicines may help. Antibiotics are not usually given, even if bacteria are the suspected cause, as the body can usually recover quickly without them if the infection is not serious. However, antinausea medications like ondansetron are an option for severe vomiting; loperamide can treat diarrhea if necessary, but is not usually recommended for children under age 6. If parasites are the cause, an antiparasitic medication like metronidazole will likely be prescribed.

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