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I suffer from gerd and have oseaghitus could this be due to low acid? Heard this is possible to cause the reflux and betaine Hcl may help
No.: Although this kind of misinformation is present all over the Internet, it is frankly wrong. Esophagitis in GERD is caused by both stomach acid and enzymes secreted by the stomach. Taking HCl will make the problem worse. You should continue you any medicine that your doctor prescribed, follow anti-reflux measures, and follow up with him if your symptoms do not come under control. Good luck. ...Read more
NO.: Betaine is only used for patients with homocysteinuria (a genetic metabolic defect) and occasionally xerostomia (inability to produce saliva) or fatty liver disease. Betaine can cause nausea, diarrhea, body odor, and severe GI distress. If your child is having digestive issues, please see her doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
I am having burning diarrhea after taking Betaine HCL with pepsin for the first time before breakfast. Should I discontinue taking or is this normal?
A nutritionist has suggested I go on betaine hydrochloride with pepsin tablets upping dose each time until I get burning sensation. Is it safe?
Yes: Betaine hydrochloride will kill silent infections and doing a detox similar to yours will improve lymphatics. Additionally if there is biliary sludge betaine hcl detox will improve bile flow. Pepsin will improve digestion. If there is irritation use bromelain in addition which will heal the irritation and ulcerations. We use betaine hcl detox for lyme disease - upto 10gm-15gm twice daily. ...Read more
I've been consuming Betaine HCL for 3 months but the symptoms of low stomach acid still do not improve. I sweat a lot, so could this be the problem that causes me to have low stomach acid in the first place? I feel tired even though I have slept 8hrs
YOU NEED: TO BE SEEN AND INVESTIGATIONS NEED TO BE DONE. NOTHING CAN BE SAID WITH YOUR DESCRIPTIO. YOU DON'T KNOW THAT YOY HAVE LOW ACID ...Read more
Why could I take 20 Betaine HCL pills and feel no burning? I recently got diagnosed with gastritis with erosion, is it too much stomach acid?
Why did you take?: Betaine hydrochloride has an interesting history. Betaine hydrochloride used to be included in over-the-counter (OTC) products as a “stomach acidifier and digestive aid.” But a federal law that went into effect in 1993 banned betaine hydrochloride from use in OTC products because there wasn’t enough evidence to classify it “generally recognized as safe and effective.” Why were you taking 20? ...Read more
Organic fiber, chromium polynicotinate, magnesium malate, proteolytic enzymes, HCl betaine, and whole food complete multi-vitamins, is this good to take?
I'm weening myself off Prevacid (lansoprazole) with the help of a Betaine/Pepsin HCL pill every morning. It helps but I now have heart palpitations. Side effect?
Betaine HCL/pepsin: There are no reported cases on palpitations but theoretically the pepsin/HCL combo could have negative vagal feedback (vagus stimulation produces pepsin on our stomach). The vagus nerve via parasympathetic stmulation slows the heart and if it is inhibited there could be increase heart rate. You could try stopping the meds and seeing if palpitations stop. Check B6, folate (folic acid), B12. F/U with doc. ...Read more
42yr old male. Being overweight 5'10", 205 ibs, and have gas bloating after beans, is taking enzymes like betaine harmful can that be useful?
Would it be okay to try betaine hcl pills at 18? Ppis are not working, my thyroid is fine but my hair is dry and brittle and my skin, heartburn too!
Betaine: At your age you should not try any pills until you have checked with your doctor that it is OK. ...Read more
Is it safe to take doxycycline 100mg of acne treatment one hour after taking betaine HCl with a protein breakfast post workout?
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more
Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
RSD, or: Complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult to treat and each patient needs to be treated differently. Opioid medications are definitely not the first option. Consider medications that affect nerve pain most, like neuromodulators such as gabapentin. Clonidine has been found to help some as well. Stellate ganglion blocks can be diagnostic/therapeutic. Consider topical ketamine creams as well. ...Read more
Antacid: An h2 blocker (like Pepcid (famotidine) or its generic) once or twice daily, provides relief for many after about a week. If this fails, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi--like Prilosec or its generic) will often work where h2's have failed. If both fail after at least one week trial of each, see your dr or a GI dr for eval. ...Read more