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Q: which is gentler on the stomach,tablets or liquid? ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: which is gentler on the stomach,tablets or liquid?
Category: Health
Asked by: desert_rose-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 13 Oct 2006 15:21 PDT
Expires: 12 Nov 2006 14:21 PST
Question ID: 773288
I need to take Zithromax for strep throat that keeps coming back, but
i have a VERY sensitive stomach due to NSAIDs use and a history of
stomach ulcer so i'm afraid that it will give me severe stomach pain.
Last time i took an antibiotic,although a different one, caused sharp
stabbing pain in my stomach immidiately.

which form is gentler on the stomach the tablets or luquid ?

my theory is that liquid is gentler because it passes the stomach
faster unlike the tablet which stays longer in the stomach because it
takes more time to dissolve and leave the stomach to the intestines.

but my other theory is that tablets take longer to dissolve, gradually
releasing the medicine which makes it less irritating.'

what do you think?
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: which is gentler on the stomach,tablets or liquid?
From: pinkfreud-ga on 13 Oct 2006 16:15 PDT
I have a similar problem. Several years ago, when I was taking high
doses of antibiotics, I was told by my gastroenterologist that liquid
medications are generally less likely to cause stomach upset than
tablets, since the presence of tablets causes the stomach to generate
more acid.

Zithromax is a macrolide antibiotic of the erythromycin type. This may
be of interest to you:

"Some of the stomach upset caused by erythromycin can be minimized by
changing the dosage form. Erythromycin is available as enteric-coated
tablets, which are released in the intestine rather than the stomach;
as a liquid; and as bead-filled capsules. These forms are less likely
to cause stomach upset than traditional tablets."

I was not able to find information specific to Zithromax regarding the
relative potential for stomach upset of liquid suspension vs. tablets.

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