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Burning sensation and pain in abdomen. Taking prilosec OTC and penicillin for tooth infection. Is pain due to medicine?

Hi I have been having pain in my upper abdomen, it s a burning sensation. My doctor put me on a 40mg prilosec OTC over the counter meds for he thinks its an ulcer For two weeks. I recently won t to the dentist 5 days ago for a tooth infection and I was given penicillin . I ve been taking both prilosec and penicillin. I ve noticed I ve had stomach aches and have more bowel .movements about 3-5 a day. Right after eating. Is this from a the meds combo or maybe a possible ulcer? Thank you Oh by the way I am 24 years old 5 10 165 pounds also noticed I can t put on wieght and have been tiring. I may suffer from stress and anxitey
Asked On : Thu, 21 Mar 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response

Thank you for the query.

If your doctor thinks this is the peptic ulcer, he should run upper GI endoscopy.
Your symptoms can be caused by ulcers indeed however stomach cancer should be always ruled out with such symptoms. Moreover it is necessary to check Helicobacter Pylori infection (during the endoscopy) and if positive, eradication should be prescribed. Without it your symptoms wont go away.

Antibiotics do affect natural intestines bacteria and if no probiotic is given along with antibiotic, such symptoms like more frequent bowel movements can be present. That is why I suggest you to start probiotic treatment as well.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Sat, 23 Mar 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Mayank Bhargava's  Response
Jan 2013
Thanks for posting your query.
With the available described symptoms, there could be possibility of acute gastroenteritis.
Although Prilosec and penicillin both may cause watery diarrhea bu presence of abdominal pain signifies for abdominal infection.
You should consult with internal medicine specialist/ gastroenterologist and should go for thorough check up.
You should go for complete blood count, serum electrolytes and renal function test.
You should take complete antibiotic therapy, probiotics, antispasmodics.
You should avoid both prilosec and penicillen.
You should maintain your hydration by taking potassium rich supplements.
Avoid milk and all milk related products such as cheese and butter.
Take care,
Dr. Mayank Bhargava
Answered: Fri, 22 Mar 2013
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