What medicines can help a nervous stomach?
Nervous stomach is associated with anxiety and can trigger symptoms such as diarrhoea, nausea, cramps and indigestion. While nervous stomach is most effectively treated by alleviating the nervous energy experienced by the sufferer, medication can also be taken to reduce or alleviate common symptoms.
Over-the-counter medicines containing simethicone provide effective and fast relief of symptoms associated with nervous stomach. Brands such as Gas-X or Phazyme are examples of such over-the-counter medicines. Sufferers who experience abdominal pain and cramping, gas and bloating as well as indigestion should follow the manufacturer's directions.
Antacid medications like Tums and Rolaids contain alkaline minerals such as calcium or magnesium that counteract acidity in the digestive tract. Widely effective against symptoms associated with nervous stomach, these medications are taken orally and can reduce symptoms in less than an hour (and in most cases, within minutes).
Stomach soothers like Pepto-Bismol are effective in targeting symptoms such as bloating, constipation and nausea. Available at your local pharmacist or discount store, these anti-diarrhoea, anti-nausea medications should be taken orally according to the manufacturer's instructions. If nausea or diarrhoea persists over several days, consult a physician.
Dramamine and Phenergan are antihistamines that can be used to ease nausea associated with nervous stomach. Use as directed and discontinue use if symptoms continue over several days.
Consult a physician about starting a prescription medication treatment plan. Psychotropic medications such as Klonopin or Xanax can be prescribed to patients who suffer chronic anxiety or have been diagnosed with an anxiety or mood disorder. While these medications can alleviate all symptoms associated with nervous stomach, caution should be taken because side effects may occur in some patients.