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A 38-year-old member asked:

What makes gerd symptoms worse?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 28 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.
Dr. Daniel Wiener
21 years experience
See below!: There are some foods that cause relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter and thereby make reflux worse. These include caffeine, alcohol, peppermint, smoking, chocolate. Other foods can cause direct irritation to the esophagus that may already be inflamed by gerd. These include the spicy, acidic foods such as salsa, citrus, etc.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there any medications that can make GERD worse?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Randy Burgett
Dr. Randy Burgettanswered
General Practice 10 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.
Last updated Sep 6, 2019


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