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I take Prilosec and Zantac (ranitidine) for acid reflux problems, my symptoms r better(chest,etc)But when I take Prilosec it seems it gets hard for me to swallow.

I take Prilosec and Zantac (ranitidine) for acid reflux problems, my symptoms r better(chest,etc)But when I take Prilosec it seems it gets hard for me to swallow.

GERD: Gerd can cause difficulty swallowing, so it is difficult from your description to tell whether you have insufficiently treated Gerd or if you're having a problem with the Prilosec itself. Your best bet would be to see the doctor who recommended the Prilosec to determine if you should switch medicines or if you need further evaluation. You can use the Zantac (ranitidine) and/or Tums in the meantime. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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Would a Prilosec be ok to take for the acid reflux?

Would a Prilosec be ok to take for the acid reflux?

Sure, but...: Unless you have a known allergy or sensitivity to prilosec, then this drug is a very appropriate choice for gerd management. As proven effective and relatively safe as it may be (it has been commercially available in the usa since 1989), the drug is not meant for prn ("as needed") use--the drug reaches its optimal acid suppression after several days of daily use. ...Read more

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Should I get 100% relief from acid reflux on Prilosec 40 mg dose?

Should I get 100% relief from acid reflux on Prilosec 40 mg dose?

Nope: Nothing is 100% in medicine. However, you can relieve your symptoms if taking the medicine properly. It's designed to be taken 30 min prior to the largest meal of the day. I usually tell my patients before the evening meal. Should be taken for only 3 months. If you still have problems after that time period, you may need a scope of your upper esophagus/stomach/duodenum. Aka egd. ...Read more

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How can I stop acid reflux without using Prilosec or anything similar?

How can I stop acid reflux without using Prilosec or anything similar?

Many choices of RX: Acid reflux is a chronic condition in most people. So it requires a change in lifestyle and medication to relieve symptoms. Your gastroenterologist can help you for the long term control. But there are many antacids of varying potencies and different costs which can stop the acid production like Pepcid or zantac (ranitidine) or neutralize acid like with mylanta or gelusil. Avid aspirin/advil / coffee and alcoh. ...Read more

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Prilosec isn't working well for my acid reflux is there another medicine that would work better ?

Prilosec isn't working well for my acid reflux is there another medicine that would work better ?

Maybe: You can take the medication twice a day if necessary. You should also be evaluated by a GI specialist to see if you have a bacteria called h. Pylori that is worsening your reflux. This maybe treated with antibiotics if necessary. If these medications do not work and you have persistent reflux, surgical options are available. ...Read more

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How can I get a nagging acid reflux cough to go away? I am currently taking Prilosec 40mg, once a day, everyday.

PPI Rx: It appears that the Omeprazole is ineffective for you unless youare not taking it appropriately. It must be taken before anything is eaten in the morning or it losese 1/2 its effectiveness. If the symptoms still do not improve, I would recommend EGD be performed by a gastroenterologist ...Read more

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Been taking prilosec for about a year for acid reflux. I was thinking about stopping and seeing whether it comes back or not. Is this a good/bad idea?

Acid reflux.: Most people with acid reflux require long-term medication, but if you're doing exceptionally well, it may be worth a trial of stopping it to see how you do. I would follow anti-reflux precautions well, and use antacids such as Tums (calcium carbonate) whenever you feel acid reflux. If your symptoms recur more than 3x per week, you probably need to be back on the medicine. I would discuss this with your G.I doc prior. ...Read more

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Can you take both Prilosec and Zantac (ranitidine) for acid reflux?

Can you take both Prilosec and Zantac (ranitidine) for acid reflux?

Sure: The two medications have different mechanisms of action and can work together to control your symptoms. They can be safely taken together. ...Read more

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Can losartan (cozaar) cause severe acid reflux. I already take Prilosec 2x/day it help a little. AR started after beginning cozaar?

Can losartan (cozaar) cause severe acid reflux.  I already take Prilosec 2x/day it help a little.  AR started after beginning cozaar?

Unlikely: Of over 11,000 people reporting side-effects with losartan, only 0.12% reported esophageal reflux. I would have my doctor investigate other causes. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more


Dr. Tri Huynh
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Omeprazole (Definition)

Omeprazole is the generic equivalent of prilosec, the first oral acid-reducer agent of the proton pump inhibitor ...Read more