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Is it possible for medications make gerd worse?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: There is a list of medications which can contribute to gerd. Antibiotics such as tetracycline, biphosphonates for osteoporosis, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Motrin or aspirin, and potassium are common offenders.
Dr. Daniel Rontal
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: There are several medications that can decrease the effectiveness of the "valve" at that top of the stomach (the lower esophageal sphincter) and this can increase your reflux. Furthermore, if you have a less common kind of reflux, bile reflux, the typical medications for reflux can actually worsen your situation.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there any medications that can make GERD worse?

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Dr. Randy Burgett
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General Practice 9 years experience
Yes: Gerd can be exacerbated by many different drugs, including anticholinergics, beta blockers, bronchodilators used for asthma, calcium channel blockers, Dopamine agonists, sedatives, and tricyclic anti-depressants. It is best to talk with your physician if you are on other medications to see if they may cause your gerd symptoms to worsen.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What makes GERD symptoms worse?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
See below: Eating within 3 hours of bedtime, overating, meals high in fat, tomatoes, spicy foods, nicotine, chocolate, peppermint, and alcohol can all make gerd worse.

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