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Abdominal Pain in Adults (cont.)

What Home Remedies Soothe Abdominal Pain in Adults?

Abdominal pain without fever, vomiting, vaginal bleeding, passing out, chest pain, or other serious symptoms often get better without special treatment.

  • If the pain persists or if a person believes the pain may represent a serious problem, they should see a doctor.
  • A heating pad or soaking in a tub of warm water may ease pain.
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) antacids, such as Tums, Maalox, or Pepto-Bismol, also can reduce some types of abdominal pain. Activated charcoal capsules also may help.
  • Acetaminophen (common brand names are Arthritis Foundation Pain Reliever, Aspirin Free Anacin, Panadol, Tylenol) may help. This product should be avoided if liver disease is suspected. Patients should try to avoid aspirin or ibuprofen (common brand names are Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, Pamprin IB) stomach or intestinal ulcer disease is suspected; these drugs can make the pain worse.

What is the Medical Treatment for Causes of Abdominal Pain in Adults?

The patient's treatment will depend on what the doctor thinks is causing the abdominal pain.

The patient may be given IV (intravenous) fluids. The doctor may ask the patient not to eat or drink anything until the cause of the pain is known. This is done to avoid worsening certain medical conditions (for example adding food to the stomach if there is a ruptured ulcer) or to prepare the patient in case they need to have surgery. (An empty stomach is better when general anesthesia is needed.)

The patient may be given pain medication.

  • For pain caused by bowel spasm, they may be given a shot in the hip, arm, or leg.
  • If the patient is not throwing up, they may receive a drink that has antacid in it or pain medication.
  • Although the patient's pain may not go away completely, they have the right to be comfortable and should ask for pain medicine until they are made comfortable.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/17/2015
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