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Abdominal Pain (Causes, Remedies, Treatment) (cont.)

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What medications can be used to treat certain causes of abdominal pain?

Medications that are used to treat the underlying cause(s) of abdominal pain are the medications of choice. For example, medications are not needed to treat simple viral gastroenteritis, while surgery and/or chemotherapy may be the best approach to treat certain cancers in the abdomen. Other causes may require antispasmodics, antimicrobials, H2 blockers, or even nitrates or morphine. The diagnosed cause usually narrows the choice of medications. A few causes can only be treated by surgery (for example appendicitis, hernia [incarcerated], and certain abdominal injuries), although some medications may be used (for example, morphine) while the person is awaiting surgery.

What lifestyle changes can I make to prevent abdominal pain?

Lifestyle changes really depend on the cause of the abdominal pain.

  • Eat a good diet, exercise, and avoid smoking and excess alcohol consumption reduce the chances that you will experience certain causes of abdominal pain.
  • Good hygiene, especially hand washing and avoiding materials and foods contaminated with viruses and bacteria will reduce your chances of abdominal pain from many infectious causes.
  • For other specific suggestions, the reader should determine what is suggested to prevent or reduce the chance of getting one of the many specific causes of abdominal pain presented in this article.

REFERENCES:

Fauci, Anthony S. et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

Time.com. Why Belly Pain Is Such a Headache for ER Doctors.

UpToDate.com. Differential diagnosis of abdominal pain in adults.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/30/2013

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