Many of the uncomfortable symptoms of post-meal abdominal pain can be managed with OTC medications. As always, talk to your doctor before starting any new medication, even if it doesn’t require a prescription.
Here are a few treatment options that you can find at your local pharmacy:
1. Simethicone (Gas-X), helps relieve uncomfortable bloating.
2. Antacids (Alka-Seltzer, Rolaids, Tums), neutralize stomach acid to reduce burning feelings.
3. Acid-reducers (Zantac, Pepcid), reduce the production of stomach acid for up to 12 hours.
4. Antidiarrheals (Imodium), stop diarrhea and its associated symptoms.
5. Lansoprazole and omeprazole (Prevacid, Prilosec), block acid production and help heal the esophagus when taken daily.
6. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl), fights symptoms associated with an allergic immune response and helps treat nausea and vomiting.
7. Acetaminophen (Tylenol), relieves pain without irritating the stomach like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen can.
8. Fiber supplements (Metamucil, Benefiber), help produce normal bowel movements and prevent constipation, though they can cause gas and bloating.