Introduction

Almost 1 in 4 Australian adults regularly suffer from stomach or abdominal pain.³ These symptoms can last minutes or hours depending on their severity.

This section of the Buscopan® website looks at the different kinds of abdominal pain, cramps and discomfort, their potential causes and possible treatment options.

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Where does it hurt?

The position and nature of the abdominal pain can give important clues about its likely cause. Please, remember: if you experience severe pain accompanied by fever or weight loss; if you notice blood in your stools or if you have a history of digestive system diseases in your family, make sure you visit your doctor.

1Above the abdomen, behind the sternum (breastbone)

Sharp or burning pain in the lower chest (heartburn) may be caused by gastric reflux, also known as indigestion or dyspepsia. It is usually temporary and can be prevented by eating smaller amounts of leaner, blander food. This pain can be relieved by taking an antacid. See your healthcare professional if bouts of heartburn persist or increase.

2Middle abdomen

Cramping pain in the middle abdomen might be the result of stomach or small intestine muscle spasms. It may be a reaction to food, stress or other external influences. Cramps may be accompanied by audible gastric noises, belching or bloating. Buscopan® provides targeted and effective relief for this kind of pain. However, if pain persists, you should talk to your doctor.

3Lower abdomen, left or right sides

Cramping pains in the lower abdomen, left or right sides, may be caused by spasms in the muscles of the colon or large intestine. These pains may be accompanied by bloating, flatulence and / or changes to the normal bowel movements. Buscopan® provides targeted and effective relief for this pain. However, if pain persists, you should talk to your doctor.

4Lower abdomen, left or right sides

Cramping pains in the lower abdomen, left or right sides, may be caused by spasms in the muscles of the colon or large intestine. These pains may be accompanied by bloating, flatulence and / or changes in normal bowel movements. Buscopan® provides targeted and effective relief for this kind of pain. However, if pain persists, you should talk to your doctor.

5Lower abdomen, around the womb

Women often experience pain before or during their period and/or during ovulation. Buscofem® provides fast and effective relief of menstrual pain. However, if this pain worsens, please talk to your healthcare professional.

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The organs of the abdomen are very sensitive to internal and external influences. Everything we eat goes through our digestive tract, so any food allergies, intolerances or sensitivities we have may quickly lead to stomach pain. It is important to remember that the abdomen reacts to both physical and psychological states and conditions. Anxiety and tension very often cause spasms in the muscles of the stomach, intestines or colon, resulting in stomach pain. At stressful times and after significant changes, many people suffer from temporary episodes of stomach pain.

However, if you experience stomach pain with cramps that are ongoing or worsening, or if the pain is accompanied by fever or weight loss, or if you notice blood in your stools, please, talk to your doctor.

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Treating stomach pain with cramps

There are a number of effective ways to reduce or even eliminate the pain of stomach cramps. Of course prevention in the best remedy: If possible, avoid foods and beverages that cause these symptoms and try to relax, thus reducing the effects of stress on your digestion. However, when pain strikes, rest assured there are proven treatments for it.

Buscopan® Australia’s No 1 antispasmodic1 is specially designed to relieve stomach pain with cramps. Buscopan® and double strength Buscopan Forte® are available from your local pharmacy. If you experience stomach pain with cramps, speak with your pharmacist to see if Buscopan® is appropriate for you.

If no effects are seen with Buscopan® within 48 hours, it is important that you see your Healthcare Professional.

Learn about which Buscopan® product may be appropriate for your stomach pain with cramps.

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