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Can medicine for pain cause stomach problems?

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Most of the time, medicines make you feel better. But some can upset your stomach or cause other trouble with your digestive system. If you have issues like this, talk with your doctor. She might suggest something else or suggest you change your dose.

SOURCES:

CDC.

National Health Service (UK).

The Cleveland Clinic.

Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America : “Toxicologic causes of acute abdominal disorders.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Guidelines to Help Reduce the Side-Effects of NSAIDs.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Answers about aspirin.”

International Journal of Clinical Practice : “Opioid-induced bowel dysfunction - prevalence, pathophysiology and burden.”

Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease: “ Opioid-induced constipation: advances and clinical guidance.”

National Institutes of Health, Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: “Iron.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Medicines and the Digestive System.”

National Cancer Institute: “Chemotherapy Side Effects Series.”

Breastcancer.org: “Abdominal Pain.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 31, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC.

National Health Service (UK).

The Cleveland Clinic.

Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America : “Toxicologic causes of acute abdominal disorders.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Guidelines to Help Reduce the Side-Effects of NSAIDs.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Answers about aspirin.”

International Journal of Clinical Practice : “Opioid-induced bowel dysfunction - prevalence, pathophysiology and burden.”

Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease: “ Opioid-induced constipation: advances and clinical guidance.”

National Institutes of Health, Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: “Iron.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Medicines and the Digestive System.”

National Cancer Institute: “Chemotherapy Side Effects Series.”

Breastcancer.org: “Abdominal Pain.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 31, 2019

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