A 19-year-old male asked:
does caffeine drinks cause gerd? and is does betaine hcl pepsin helps with gerd. and what foods to eat with gerd?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Some basics: Nicotine & caffeine are chemicals that prevent the circular muscle controlling the stomach entrance from closing tightly thus allowing more reflux.Betaine hcl has no qualities I find helpful. Pepsin as a protease might help digestion but would offer nothing to treat reflux. You can consume a normal diet with reflux, but many avoid acidic food/drink out of caution.
25 viewsReviewed Nov 21, 2020
Pharmacology 17 years experience
See below: Caffeine may aggravate GERD. Betaine increases stomach acidity whereas typical GERD medications work by decreasing stomach acidity, so it may actually be unhelpful. Different foods may trigger GERD in different people, so it’s a question of identifying your own triggers and avoiding them. However, common ones are fatty, fried, or spicy food, tomatoes, citrus, chocolate, mint, onions, and garlic.
21 viewsAnswered Dec 04, 2020
A 26-year-old member asked:
Could having heartburn mean I am pregnant?
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A Verified Doctoranswered
No: If you think you may be pregnant, you really need to take a urine pregnancy test that you can purchase at any drugstore or see a doctor.
6.7k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
A 21-year-old member asked:
How can wilson's disease patients reduce possible nausea and indigestion when taking zinc?
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Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Take with food: High dose of minerals (or vitamins for that matter) can cause nausea; decreased with dosing with food.
6.1k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
A 32-year-old member asked:
Can the damage of the esophagus caused by stomach acid from GERD be healed?
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Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Yes: Yes, many medications can heal acid reflux. The strongest medications fall under the class of proton pump inhibitors. They block stomach acid production and can heal erosive esophagitis almost 90 percent of the time at 8 weeks.
6.5k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
A 37-year-old member asked:
Are there any stronger OTC stimulants other than caffeine or ephedrine/edpheda?
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Family Medicine 37 years experience
Not really: All of the otc stimulants are essentially the same.
5.6k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
A 43-year-old member asked:
Are there any herbal remedies for acid/gastric reflux?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Should be treated: Gerd is common--present in about 70 million americans. As such, there are easy solutions if you have just symptoms. If however you have inflammation due to gerd, this can be progressive & needs to be controlled. Start with behavior & diet changes (see prior healthtap answers), add acid-blocker medications (either h2-blockers or ppi's). Get evaluated, especially if atypical, chronic &/or worsening.
5.6k viewsReviewed Jun 28, 2020
Last updated Dec 5, 2020
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