How to calm an upset stomach

Updated February 21, 2017

An upset stomach can come from many things and before you treat it, you need to find out what caused it. Indigestion, flu, motion sickness, heartburn and food poisoning can all cause nausea and the remedies vary depending on what caused the stomach to get upset.

Remove yourself from the cause of your upset stomach if you can identify it. Nausea from motion sickness or foul fumes often goes away quickly on its own.

Drink ginger ale or chamomile or peppermint tea if you've overeaten or have the flu. They should all soothe your stomach.

Drinking cola works well for some people, too.

Take antacids for heartburn. They'll make you feel better by neutralizing the acid in your stomach. Keep in mind that they may cause constipation or diarrhea with overuse.

Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, aspirin and ibuprofen, since they can exacerbate nausea.


Medications known as H2 blockers can prevent heartburn if you take them before or during meals. They are available over the counter. Vomiting can cause dehydration, which can be serious. If you can't keep liquids down, haven't urinated in 12 hours or are nauseated for more than 3 days, you should call your doctor.


Call a doctor right away if your stomach follows a head injury, if you have a fever above 102 degrees F, if your vomiting seems unusual (bloody or black), if your discomfort goes away completely and then returns, or if you have pain and tenderness in your abdomen. Any of these things may signal a serious condition that requires medical attention. If it's possible that you're pregnant or have a peptic ulcer, talk to your doctor before taking over-the-counter medication. If prescription meds caused your upset stomach, your doctor may have special instructions for you. If symptoms persist or if you have specific medical conditions or concerns, we recommend you contact a physician. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.

Things You'll Need

  • Cola
  • Antacids
  • Ginger Ale
  • Chamomile Tea
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