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Protecting stomach from pain meds

ScottiegalSScottiegal Posts: 106
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Pain Medications
Just wondering what people are taking to protect there stomachs from pain meds. I have gallstones and the combination of codeine and anti-inflammatories I was taking earlier this year really did a number on me. My GP prescribed me omeprazole, but the side effect most noticeable on this is HAIR LOSS! I'm currently taking co-codomol which does nothing for the pain, but I'm leary of taking something stronger in case my gallstones flare up again. I don't need surgery for that right now!


  • Typically taken with a decent meal. If you like to take meds 1st thing in the morning, but, you skip breakfast. I think this would be the worst choice. All that gastric and other fluid build up overnight. Then pills on an empty stomach. I take 1 pill in the AM with a light breakfast. 2 with lunch. 1 after supper. I find breaking down the time of day instead of eating a handful of pills in 1 shot is easier on my system.

    You also want to worry about protecting more than just your stomach lining and stomach aches. Kidneys, liver, and other organs can take a beating.
  • Your stomach is MEANT to interact with the pain meds, and the acids your Omeprazole suppresses are SUPPOSED to have effects on your pain meds.. I'm just sayin.. Pills are designed to be ok to be taken. If you have a condition that restricts you from doing so or if taking say, aspirin or something that comes with a stomach related warning aggravates your condition, in this case, gallstones, well, then your doctor is your best source of info.

    I take around 12 narcotic pills per day on average for pain and no steps are necessary to protect my stomach from these pain meds, they work well with my body.

    Good luck and see a doctor about your situation!


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