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Best Medicine For Gerd
Is omeprazole the best medicine for GERD? Been on 40 mg for 5 months and doing fun but now asthma is flaring up. On advair, prednisone not doing much
Omeprazole, but...: The hallmark symptoms are heartburn and acid regurgitation, and there can be metallic or sour taste in the mouth, bad breath, and even cough, laryngitis and asthma symptoms. Omeprazole (aka Prilosec) OTC taken once a day for 14 days should treat routine symptoms. Any recurrence or persistence of symptoms needs to be evaluated by your doctor. ...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
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
Nexium (esomeprazole) is: probably the strongest second generation PPI and I would recommend it. It is OTC but prescription may be cheaper. ...Read more
I've always had GERD my back burn and my ribs not so much my stomach what is the best medicine to take to help me?
Anti-acid meds : For symptomatic GERD, there are many meds you can use such as tums and rolaids, Zantac (ranitidine) and or is, and Prilosec and medium to name just a few. Make sure the diagnosis however is actually GERD. Ask your doctor about whether or not any confirmatory testing is appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more
What is the best longterm treatment for drug induced GERD and epigastric pain if someone take meds for chronic conditions,&name of drug please?
Depends: Treatment is unique to the individual symptoms, severity, and goals of each patient. Options include dietary changes, medications, endoscopic or surgical procedures. Best to see your primary care provider for a more complete evaluation if necessary. Hope this helps! ...Read more
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
Dietary habits: For occasional heartburn, remember to avoid caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco. Avoid large, rich, acidic, or spicy meals, and do not lie down after eating for several hours. For heartburn more than a couple times a week, try over the counter Prilosec at a dose of 20mg 1/2 hour before breakfast each morning. 3 inch blocks to raise the head of the bed can stop night time symptoms. ...Read more
See your doctor: or a gastrointestinal specialist. If your symptoms are consistent with GERD, the doctor might prescribe a medication such as Pepcid (famotidine) or other as a trial, which would be both for treatment and diagnosis (if it works, that may be the diagnosis). Other testing, done by the specialist could include an endoscopy to look directly at the esophagus and stomach and possibly take a specimen to test. ...Read more
Small: small meals are best. Low fat helps because fat delays stomach emptying and increases acid production. Also try to stay away from caffeine products as they increase the production of stomach acid. Try not to eat within three hours of bedtime since laying down is not healthy for people with gerd- because it brings the acid and stomach contents in contact with the esophagus. ...Read more
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
Possible: You will likely have to take medication for as long as the symptoms are helped by the medication ...Read more
GERD: You may use over-the-counter antacids after meals and at bedtime, although they do not last very long. Common side effects of antacids include diarrhea or constipation. Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Don't eat within 2 or 3 hours of bedtime. Elevate your head a few inches while you sleep. Stop smoking. Avid alcohol. ...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
GERD: avoid coffee, orange juice, tomatoes, soft drinks, fatty food, spicy food and do not smoke . If the breakfast/ food does contain any of the above ,it should probably be fine to eat it ...Read more