Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-07-2008, 08:15 AM
Frylock Frylock is offline
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 19,716
Carbonation and Nausea

A doctor has said that 7-up, in small amounts, is good for nausea because the carbonation "settles the stomach."

This strikes me as rather 19th century phraseology, and when I check online, no medical site mentions carbonation as being in any way beneficial for nausea--and one even says to make sure to let it lose its fizz first if you're going to try 7-up sprite or ginger ale while nauseous.

But hey, he's a doctor. So I'm not sure what to think here, exactly.

I'd go with the med sites, except that someone with whom I must deal closely at all times during the day is insisting I ought to follow the doctor's advice. The internet, you see, is not reliable.

This may be more of an MPSIMS than a GQ but hey if anyone can find a question to answer here and has an answer for it, please procede.

Old 12-07-2008, 08:56 AM
Qadgop the Mercotan Qadgop the Mercotan is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Slithering on the hull
Posts: 26,063
The theory (not really proven) is that some cases of nausea or abdominal bloating, are caused by retained air in the stomach. Adding carbonated fluids increases the air, and may help achieve a critical level of volume to induce belching out that extra air, reducing stomach size, easing the bloat, etc.

Adverse consequences may include reflux, vomiting, or increased symptoms.

I generally don't recommend this approach to my patients.
Old 12-07-2008, 09:01 AM
flurb flurb is offline
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 852
Originally Posted by Frylock View Post
--and one even says to make sure to let it lose its fizz first if you're going to try 7-up sprite or ginger ale while nauseous.
Nauseated. Sorry, overly pedantic pet peeve of mine.
Old 12-07-2008, 09:08 AM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Rochester, MI
Posts: 2,192
Originally Posted by flurb View Post
Nauseated. Sorry, overly pedantic pet peeve of mine.
Per Merriam Webster:

"Main Entry: nau·seous
Pronunciation: \ˈnȯ-shəs, ˈnȯ-zē-əs\
Function: adjective
Date: 1612

1 : causing nausea or disgust : nauseating
2 : affected with nausea or disgust
— nau·seous·ly adverb
— nau·seous·ness noun

Those who insist that nauseous can properly be used only in sense 1 and that in sense 2 it is an error for nauseated are mistaken. Current evidence shows these facts: nauseous is most frequently used to mean physically affected with nausea, usually after a linking verb such as feel or become; figurative use is quite a bit less frequent. Use of nauseous in sense 1 is much more often figurative than literal, and this use appears to be losing ground to nauseating. Nauseated is used more widely than nauseous in sense 2."
Old 12-07-2008, 09:24 AM
flurb flurb is offline
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 852
Hey, just because Merriam is willing to slouch along with the "frequent usage" justification for bending word meanings doesn't mean I have to follow along.
Old 12-07-2008, 10:03 AM
aruvqan aruvqan is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Eastern Connecticut
Posts: 16,479
i prefer flat gingerale when i am having stomach issues ...
but then i dont like carbonation when i am healthy so feel free to take it with a grain of salt...
Old 12-07-2008, 10:36 AM
Sapo Sapo is offline
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Puerto Rico
Posts: 6,786
Was there any other supposed benefit to ENO or Alka-Seltzer besides being fizzy? I always linked the idea of drinking 7up for nausea with those.
Old 12-07-2008, 10:36 AM
MsRobyn MsRobyn is offline
Straight Dope Science Advisory Board
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Between the Moon and NYC
Posts: 13,019
I've had good luck with carbonated soda for nausea, even when it wasn't entirely caused by bloating.

That said, however, I've got some old child-care books that recommend cola syrup for tummyaches, and ginger specifically helps with nausea. For me, anyway, I don't feel much better if I drink diet soda, so I'm thinking it may be the sugar having a soothing effect on a roiling stomach.


Last edited by MsRobyn; 12-07-2008 at 10:37 AM. Reason: Clarification.
Old 12-07-2008, 10:44 AM
davidm davidm is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Near Philadelphia PA, USA
Posts: 11,504
Every time I've been in the hospital (more times than I'd like to admit) and was experiencing mild nausea (severe nausea received pharmaceutical treatement), ginger ale specifically was recommended by the nurses. I've also personally found that ginger tea, and just plain ginger from the spice rack, helps at home.

Ginger is at least anecdotally believed to ease nausea although I'm not sure about any scientific studies.

I haven't heard about 7-up or Sprite working for nausea but I know that "Coke Syrup" (as in "Coca Cola", not cocaine) was at one time (and maybe still is) sold over the counter in pharmacies for treatment of nausea. Supposedly ginger is one of the ingredients in Coke's secret recipe.
Old 12-07-2008, 03:45 PM
Miss Violaceous Miss Violaceous is offline
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 624
I like crystallized ginger for nausea.

Why can't you just try various things and see what works for you?


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:29 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to:

Send comments about this website to:

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to:

Copyright © 2018 STM Reader, LLC.

Copyright © 2017