21 July 2008

Stomach FluStomach Flu VirusHave you ever heard stomach flu? Well, it’s not a type of flu at all, but it is commonly referred to as such.

Stomach flu causes stomach symptoms including diarrhea and vomiting. It’s caused by a virus that cannot be treated with antibiotic.

There are certain OTC medications which can reduce and relieve the symptoms.
  • Bismuth subsalicylate (brand names: Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol) may help treat some types of nausea and vomiting, such as from the flu (influenza). It’s also used for upset stomach and as an antidiarrheal (medicine to treat diarrhea).
  • Certain antihistamines may help prevent nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness. These include dimenhydrinate (one brand name: Dramamine) and meclizine hydrochloride (one brand name: Dramamine Less Drowsy).

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