1. badgersdaughter says

    Avi, as a doctor you are no doubt aware of this, but recently after a tremendous bout of food poisoning I came down with on vacation in the UK, I had shockingly elevated liver enzymes for about a month. I was tested for everything thinkable, had a liver ultrasound, you name it. Everything came up negative and the enzyme levels normalized on their own over a period of several weeks. My US doctor and I finally eliminated everything but the course of paracetamol I had taken in an effort to stop the shaking and pain. Strictly according to package directions, I might add, and given to my husband by a chemist for me. We think something about the dehydration, or the stress, or who knows what aberration, caused the paracetamol to damage my liver where normally I could have taken a normal dose in the normal way.

    A lot of people don’t know the normal dose of paracetamol (Tylenol or acetaminophen in the US) is so close to the toxic dose. I’m just trying to tell people to be careful.

  2. Francisco Bacopa says

    Is there something special about Sprite? It was recommended by our family doctor as a good thing for children with diarrhea to drink a few decades ago. Mostly for my brother as I seem to be immune to many forms of intestinal distress.

  3. Sophy says

    Hope you feel better soon, Food poisoning is no fun at all. I usually drink Gingerale but that’s personal preference I think.

  4. Trebuchet says

    I second the ginger ale. Ginger (I think) has been proven to have anti-emetic properties. My mother always made me drink it when I was sick as a kid.

  5. says

    I always thought the idea with flat sprite was that it stayed down relatively easily so it was a way to keep down some sugar and electrolytes.

    But I fully admit this could be after the fact rationalisation.

  6. F [is for failure to emerge] says

    We used to get Coke syrup from the chemist’s. Came in a prescription bottle. Wonderful over crushed ice.

  7. Corvus illustris says

    F @8: We used to get Coke syrup from the chemist’s. Came in a prescription bottle. Wonderful over crushed ice.

    This is a little-known anti-emetic now, but used to be well-known in the US. I first encountered it on a very choppy auto-ferry ride across northern Lake Michigan in 1945. A teaspoonful or two will quiet things nicely. Still available here, cheap, at small druggists’. Emetrol™ is lemon-flavored, works the same way, and costs big bucks/pounds/Euros/whatever.

  8. angharad says

    Bananas are good when your stomach is upset too. Or so I have heard. I hate them. Hope you feel better soon…

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