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A 24-year-old female asked:

I have gerd and i woke up from sleep with shortness of breath that worsens well i lay down it comes and goes. should i go to the er? or take maalox?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Lee
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Gerd or more?: gerd should not cause breathing problems usually although it can cause cough. if you have GERD you should avoid large meals before bed, too much caffeine and avoid smoking. You can try OTC Pepcid (famotidine) or Prilosec also to see if it helps. Breathing problems may indicate other problems and you should see your doctor about it asap
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 27 years experience
More severe maybe...: Although severe esophageal reflux can cause your symptoms, there is potential that you are experiencing something more severe. You can try Maalox first, but if Maalox does not help, see a doctor. How many days have you been experiencing shortness of breath?
Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
GERD symptoms: Are you taking any medicine for your GERD, such as proton pump inhibitor (P)? If not, perhaps you or your physician should start you on one. You are 24 with no cardiac disease so it seems unlikely that you have a heart problem. If you feel distressed enough about your difficulty breathing go to the ER and if nothing serious is found in your lungs or heart, perhaps you will be started on a P there.

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