Does Anti-diarrhea Medicine Help With Nausea?

Do you have the sudden urge to puke? Do you feel uneasiness in your stomach or sickness 1and want to throw it out? Do you get that queasy feeling sometimes? 

Whatever the cause, this feeling of “stomach sickness” is very unpleasant, right? 

Sometimes, it’s unexplainable, and we understand that well. This is why, today, we are here to discuss Nausea and what can make you feel better. 

Nausea is associated with vomiting. It is that feeling when you want to vomit but are not able to. It is that feeling when you eat something, and your stomach doesn’t agree. So, it signals your body to remove it to feel normal again.

The stomach is sick and wants to throw out. It forces the contents within to come out. This uneasy feeling when your stomach is unhappy with the food inside is known as Nausea in layperson’s terms. 

It can happen to anyone, irrespective of their age. But why do you feel nauseous in the first place? 

What is nausea?

Well, the most commonly associated causes of Nausea are:

  • Food Poisoning.
  • Stomach Flu. 
  • Early Pregnancy.
  • Motion Sickness.
  • Vertigo.
  • Medications.
  • GERD.
  • Allergies.

The signs and symptoms of Nausea are:

  • Stomach Ache.
  • Uneasiness.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Urge to vomit.

Even though nausea is not something to be worried about because it hardly lasts for a few minutes to hours, it can be cured with home remedies. However, sometimes, it can be a little more serious than it seems. 

Some examples of serious conditions with a common symptom of Nausea are:

  • Encephalitis.
  • Brain Tumors.
  • Meningitis.
  • Appendicitis.
  • Cancer.
  • Ulcers in the stomach and small intestine.
  • Intestinal Blockages.
  • Heart attack.
  • Liver Cancer.
  • BPPV.

Treatment of Nausea would include:

  • Medications.

Medications would include Anti-emetics. They are:

  • Ondansetron.
  • Metoclopramide.
  • Dimenhydrinate.
  • Dexamethasone.
  • Palonsetron.
  • Prochlorperazine.

You can even take Antihistamines. They are:

  • Dimenhydrinate.
  • Meclizine.

The most commonly used medication for Nausea is Ondansetron and Metaclopromide2.

Apart from medicines, there are various home remedies for Nausea, which are 

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  • Ginger. It is a natural remedy for Nausea.
  • Vitamin B6 Supplements, i.e., Pyridoxine.
  • Acupressure. 
  • Lemon. 
  • Breathing Exercise. 
  • Change in diet

1. How to Prevent Nausea?

To prevent feeling nauseous, one can try the following:

  • Stay Hydrated.
  • Take the medications mentioned above to avoid nausea and motion sickness.
  • Eat small but frequent meals.
  • Avoid physical activities right after your meals.
  • Avoid Greasy foods.
  • Avoid foods with very oily smells and many spices and flavors.
  • Know your allergies to certain foods or odors.

2. When Should You Visit a Doctor:

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The feeling of Nausea doesn’t linger for long; however, if the symptoms are more severe, as mentioned below, you should seek medical advice.

  • If you spot blood during vomiting.
  • Dizziness
  • Migraine.
  • Severe Headache.
  • Intense Stomach ache.
  • If Nausea lasts for more than 24 hours. 

I believe now you have enough information about Nausea and how to treat it. Speaking of treating Nausea, a common question has been making the rounds these days: whether anti-diarrhea medicines help treat Nausea.

Well, the answer is no. Anti-diarrheal medications don’t have any direct effect on treating Nausea. 

An anti-diarrheal medicine 3known as Loperamide can increase the feeling of Nausea or stomach sickness as a side effect of taking it. 

It is strongly recommended to avoid Antidiarrheal medications if you are feeling nauseous. 

It would be best to visit a general physician actively practicing medicine if you think of consuming any medication.

It is necessary to know that anti-diarrhea tablets are designed to treat Diarrhea. They do not have anything to do with Nausea. 

There are different tablets designed to treat Nausea, which are mentioned above. Only those tablets will help you get away with Nausea. 

As said, there is a classification of drugs for every illness, and nausea and diarrhea are two distinct diseases that are not interlinked. Therefore, the medications used to treat these illnesses are also different.

  1. Håkanson, Cecilia, et al. “Struggling with an unfamiliar and unreliable body: the experience of irritable bowel syndrome.” Journal of Nursing and Healthcare of chronic illness 1.1 (2009): 29-38. ↩︎
  2. Polati, Enrico, et al. “Ondansetron versus metoclopramide in the treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting.” Anesthesia & Analgesia 85.2 (1997): 395-399. ↩︎
  3. Rawat, Pooja, Pawan Kumar Singh, and Vipin Kumar. “Evidence based traditional anti-diarrheal medicinal plants and their phytocompounds.” Biomedicine & pharmacotherapy 96 (2017): 1453-1464. ↩︎

Last Updated on by Sathi Chakraborty, MSc Biology

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