which is gentler on the stomach,tablets or liquid?
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13 Oct 2006 15:21 PDT
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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?
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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." http://health.enotes.com/childrens-health-encyclopedia/erythromycins 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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