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A 41-year-old female asked:

Is bile the same as stomach acid when a person has the dry heaves or stomach acid?

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Dr. Laura Armas-Kolostroubis
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
No, different source: Bile is a fluid produced in the biliary tree in the liver, whereas stomach acid is the fluid produced in your stomach to assist with digestion. Dry heaves can be elicited by both acid reflux as well as gallbladder disease. Bile has a bitter taste while acid reflux is sour or acid. In any case get evaluated by your doctor to determine the source of your symptoms
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
No: Bile reflux is considered a form of non-acidic reflux and is different from the classic acidic reflux of GERD. It is felt to be responsible for a small percentage of persistent GERD symptoms through acid suppression and somtimes is treated with Baclofen(a muscle relaxant).

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