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A 43-year-old female asked:

do antacids deplete b12?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Theoretically: Lack of stomach acid can cause impaired release of B12 from food. Typical antacids (tums, mylanta, etc) and intermittent use of other agents are not likely sufficient to affect this in any clinical way, but proton pump inhibitors such as Omeprazole when taken daily for long periods of time can cause vit B12 deficiency.
Dr. Diane Culik
Holistic Medicine 45 years experience
Often: Antacids may interfere with B12 absorption. The worst are the strong acid blockers like Prilosec and nexium (esomeprazole).. See the book "could it be b12".

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Is it ok to take antacids while pregnant?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Yes: Heartburn is very common in pregnancy. Progesterone hormone lowers the tone of the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach. If you are taking tums, rolaids and maalox multiple times per day for heartburn you are better off taking a preventative medication like prilosec, Prevacid or Zantac (ranitidine) daily.
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Can over-the-counter antacids reduce symptoms of gerd?

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Yes, But...: Over the counter medications such as h2 blockers (famotidine, cimetidine) and proton pump inhibitors (omeprazole) can reduce symptoms of gerd, but an increasing body of literature documents the potential adverse effects of long-term suppression of stomach acid, such as osteoporosis, aspiration pneumonia, and malabsorption of nutrients. Consult your doctor.
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Is reglan (metoclopramide) an antacid?

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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 22 years experience
No: Antacids are buffers that bind to acid in the stomach. They are available over the counter. Reglan (metoclopramide) is Metoclopramide which is a medication that is typically prescribed by a doctor and is used to promote stomach emptying in patients, typically diabetics. Nerve damage to the stomach may lead to gastroparesis in these patients which slows output from the stomach.
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What happens to hemoglobin in B12 deficiency?

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B12 Anemia: In B12 deficiency, the type of anemia is known as a macrocyctic anemia or large cell anemia. There is insufficiency anemia in the red blood cell.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Why might ldh be elevated in B12 deficiency?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Non-specific: Elevation of ldh occurs in many conditions and is non-specific. Red blood cells are little packages stuffed with ldh. Anything that interferes with the integrity of red blood cells (like B12 def) may cause them to leak some of their cargo.

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