Viral gastroenteritis is an intestinal infection marked by watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea or vomiting, and sometimes fever. The most common way to develop viral gastroenteritis — often called stomach flu —is through contact with an infected person or by ingesting contaminated food or water.
It’s important to understand the treatment we recommend and the potential risks involved.
Medicine We Prescribe
Risk of Side Effects
Zofran (ondansetron) is an antiemetic and selective 5-HT3 receptor antagonist prescribed for the treatment of nausea and vomiting due to cancer chemotherapy and also used to prevent and treat nausea and vomiting after surgery. Zofran is available in generic form. Common side effects of Zofran include: diarrhea, headache, fever, lightheadedness, dizziness, weakness, tiredness, drowsiness, constipation, rash, blurred vision, and muscle spasm.
Risk of Misdiagnosis
Misdiagnosis of gastroenteritis may occur, particularly when vomiting is the predominant symptom, which can lead to inappropriate treatment.
Alternative Treatment Options
Gastritis refers to inflammation of the stomach lining, so consuming a diet that helps to minimize inflammation may provide relief over time. However, research has not conclusively shown that eating a certain diet causes or prevents gastritis.