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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 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
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 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
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
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
See your doctor: or a gastrointestinal specialist. If your symptoms are consistent with GERD, the doctor might prescribe a medication such as Pepcid 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
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