When Tummy Troubles Strike, Should You Treat at Home or Call Your Provider?

When Tummy Troubles Strike, Should You Treat at Home or Call Your Provider?

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When to Get Help: The Experts Weigh In

Stomach woes are an annoying fact of life. Why else would we have whole aisles in pharmacies dedicated to remedies for heartburn, acid reflux, diarrhea and nausea?

Stomach woes are an annoying fact of life. Why else would we have whole aisles in pharmacies dedicated to remedies for heartburn, acid reflux, diarrhea and nausea?

Sometimes it can be hard to distinguish between bothersome pains that may require a few extra trips to the bathroom and more serious issues for which we should seek professional medical help. This can be even trickier for those living with HIV and on antiretroviral drug regimens.

TheBody.com asked two experts -- Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D., and Howard Grossman, M.D. -- some basic questions to help our readers figure out when to hit the drug store for the pink stuff and when to call their health care provider instead.