How to Treat Stomach Pain in Adults

Call 911 if:

Call 911 if:

 

1. Over-the-Counter Medications

2. Home Remedies

You might try a heating pad to ease belly pain. Chamomile or peppermint tea may help with gas. Be sure to drink plenty of clear fluids so your body has enough water.

You also can do things to make stomach pain less likely. It can help to:

  • Eat several smaller meals instead of three big ones
  • Chew your food slowly and well
  • Stay away from foods that bother you (spicy or fried foods, for example)
  • Ease stress with exercise, meditation, or yoga

3. When to See a Doctor

It's time to get medical help if:

  • You have severe belly pain or the pain lasts several days
  • You have nausea and fever and can't keep food down for several days
  • You have bloody stools
  • It hurts to pee
  • You have blood in your urine
  • You cannot pass stools, especially if you're also vomiting
  • You had an injury to your belly in the days before the pain started
  • You have heartburn that doesn't get better with over-the-counter drugs or lasts longer than 2 weeks

 

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 25, 2017

Sources

SOURCES:

Australian Government Department of Health: "Abdominal pain self care."

Brigham and Women's Hospital: "Gas: Beat the Bloat."

Cleveland Clinic: "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease," "Constipation," and "Treatment of Abdominal Pain."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Abdominal Pain, Short-Term," "Anti-diarrheal Medicines: OTC Relief for Diarrhea."

Mayo Clinic: "Nonulcer Stomach Pain."

Merck Manual: "Symptoms: Abdominal Pain."

 

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