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Are There Available Medicines That Can Treat Gerd
Yes: As dr. Vinson has outlined, there are different types/classes of medications to alleviate the symptoms of gerd by decreasing/eliminating the acid component of the disease. However, the medications do not prevent the refluxing of fluid/material from your stomach. There are lifestyle changes that can decrease the amount and frequency of refluxing, but in general without surgery, there is no "cure". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My throat feels itch and i cough a lot at times and fallows with burps could this be a GERD issue and is it treatable ?
Been treated for GERD medicine didn't help itchythroat for months.I worry too much i read about rrp. It is rare I am worried. Can this be the cause ?
In my experience...: ...Gerd doesn't usually cause itch. Have you looked into allergy treatment? If your throat itches for months, and if the treatment for one possible cause has not helped, then look for another possible cause and treat that. ...Read more
Yes: The other remedies are DGL- Deglycerinized licorice. Chew 1-2 tablets in between meals.Licorice may elevate BP, but not DGL. Pure aloe liquid also can relieve heartburn. Consult an expert in Chinese medicine for details. Long term use of acid reflux medications have a lot of side effects in the form of osteoporosis,inability to absorb calcium,magnesium,Vitamin B12 etc. Susceptibility to TB.etc ...Read more
Prevent/Control GERD: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, zegerid). See a GI doctor if persistent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Options: Treatment options include reducing stress, a variety of dietary changes, some lifestyle changes, a variety of medications, and even endoscopic or surgical procedures. The right choice for a given individual needs a more complete evaluation of disease severity, organ damage, and an assessment of goals of therapy. Best to start with a primary care provider. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Sometimes: GERD can worsen over time. It also can cause something called Barrett's esophagus which can lead to cancer. It is best to treat the GERD or try to get rid of it using diet and behavioral changes that can minimize GERD. Keeping body weight in recommended range, avoiding alcohol and nicotine, eating small meals and not eating before bedtime can all help to minimize GERD ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: You will likely have to take medication for as long as the symptoms are helped by the medication ...Read more
What is the most effective or latest medicine for GERD. What is the dose to be taken. Am concerned about him.Help!!!
Many choices: It really depends on the severity of your symptoms. Many patients with GERD are not aware that they have GERD. There are many options for GERD, including prilosec, prevacid (lansoprazole) and other choices. I would recommend writing a log of your symptoms in relation to meals and sleep in particular. When you sleep try propping pillows and sleeping on your right side. Watch for any symptoms of respiratory prob. ...Read more
Apples & oranges: Both medications are acid blockers, but their similarity ends there. Famotidine is an h2-receptor blocker that diminishes acid production, whereas Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that nearly extinguishes acid output. If you have acid reflux, less acid means better relief--so Pantoprazole would be a better rx choice. No drug is perfect, so discuss pros & cons of each drug with your doctor. ...Read more
OTC meds: Otc meds but it is highly recommended that you see a GI dr. To have your esophagus evaluated. It is not enough to just control your symptoms. You need the problem diagnosed as well. Ranitidine and Lansoprazole have been used to control the symptoms for years. As have other h2 blockers and ppis. ...Read more
GERD Relief: If you have already tried antacids, I would recommend any of the drugs in the H2 blocker class (Zantac or Pepcid) generics are available. PPIs such as Nexium (esomeprazole) and Prilosec work great but they have side effects that should not be overlooked. Also, consider the causes of GERD which can be related to diet, and lifestyle. Drugs are really not for chronic use w/o a doctor's supervision. ...Read more
Yes, to both.: The surgical treatment of gerd involves wrapping the stomach around the esophagus, called a fundoplication. This has been performed laparoscopically for over 15 years. Recently, a new technique was introduced to create an internal wrap via natural orifice surgery; this is called transoral incisionless fundplication (tif). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nexium (esomeprazole) is: probably the strongest second generation PPI and I would recommend it. It is OTC but prescription may be cheaper. ...Read more
What are the risks of having to be on long term GERD medicines due to chronic condition? Can anything be done to minimize risks?
Well tolerated meds: In general, proton pump inhibitors are well tolerated. Occasionally, they may result in headache or altered stool pattern. Rarely, they may contribute to hypomagnesemia (low magnesium blood levels) & increase risk of clostridium difficile infection. Significantly, particularly in postmenopausal women, they can increase risk of hip fractures. Checking a bone density scan can help define this risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Treatment options include reducing stress, a variety of dietary changes, some lifestyle changes, a variety of medications, and even endoscopic or surgical procedures. The right choice for a given individual needs a more complete evaluation of disease severity, organ damage, and an assessment of goals of therapy. Best to start with a primary care provider. Hope this helps! ...Read more
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