How do medications treat stomach flu?

Depending on the cause and symptoms of the 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 vomiting; loperamide can treat diarrhea if necessary, but is not recommended for children under age 6. If parasites are the cause, an antiparasitic medication like metronidazole will likely be prescribed.

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Digestive Diseases

Digestive diseases, also known as gastrointestinal diseases, are disorders that affect your esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The symptoms of digestive diseases vary widely depending on which part of your digestiv...

e system is affected. Generally symptoms can be blood in your stool, a change in bowel habits, pain, weight loss or heartburn that is not relieved by antacids. See you doctor if you have any of these signs of digestive disease.

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