Treating stomach cramps

Most individuals experience stomach cramps at some point in their lives. The pain from this condition can range from a dull ache to severe pain, depending on what’s causing you to feel this pain in the first place.

In most cases, however, these cramps go away on their own, without the need for medical intervention. But if the pain is severe or doesn’t seem to subside, you may need to speak to a gastrointestinal specialist.

Typical treatments may include having to take medication in the form of tablets for stomach cramps, but there may be other options, depending on what your doctor says.

Side effects of tablets for stomach cramps

Just like any other type of medication, medication for stomach cramps may cause side effects in some individuals, these include;

Drowsiness or dizziness

Some medications can cause drowsiness or dizziness, which can affect your ability to perform certain tasks or operate machinery.

Nausea or vomiting

Some tablets can cause nausea or vomiting, which can make stomach cramps worse.

Diarrhoea or constipation

Certain medications can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the gut, leading to diarrhoea or constipation.

Allergic reactions

Rarely, some people may develop an allergic reaction to a medication, which can cause symptoms such as rash, hives, or difficulty breathing.

Headache or muscle weakness

Some kinds of medication can cause headaches or muscle weakness, which can be a sign of a more serious side effect.

Alternative treatments for stomach cramps

Here are some treatments other than tablets for stomach cramps. However, these treatments should not be attempted without speaking with a gastroenterologist first.

Avoid eating spicy foods

Spicy food is known for causing symptoms like stomach cramps in some people. This is usually due to a chemical called capsaicin found in peppers. Avoiding spicy food may help keep stomach pain at bay.

Drink clear liquids

Keeping yourself hydrated may help with stomach cramps. This is especially helpful if you experienced diarrhoea along with abdominal pains as the body may get dehydrated and require rehydration.

Take probiotics

The gut contains helpful microorganisms that can reduce inflammation and enhance digestion, ultimately leading to the relief of symptoms related to gastrointestinal distress such as stomach cramps.

It should be noted that these treatments won’t always guarantee relief from stomach pains. Let your doctor know if the pain persists.

Consult a gastrointestinal specialist

Dr. Suhirdan Vivekanandarajah, a gastroenterologist and hepatologist located in Sydney, has undergone comprehensive training to assist his patients in achieving optimal digestive health. 

You can book a consultation with him now to discover ways to enhance your digestive well-being