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Does omeprazole cure acid reflux or does it just mask its symptoms?

Reflux: Is usually causes by a weak valve at the end of the esophagus as it enters the stomach so the stomach acid goes backwards up the esophagus and causes pain. The medicine reduces the acidity only but does not fix the valve

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Dr. John Landi
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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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If I put one table spoon of baking soda in 8 oz glass of water after every meal, will this cure my acid reflux? And is it safer than omeprazole for acid reflux?

If I put one table spoon of baking soda in 8 oz glass of water after every meal, will this cure my acid reflux? And is it safer than omeprazole for acid reflux?

No.: And not safer. Too much sodium for starts. I would try an h2 blocker, before moving to a ppi like omeprazole. Long term use can causes many problems. 150-300mg of generic Zantac (ranitidine) may be all you need!

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Why isn't omeprazole working for my acid reflux?

Why isn't omeprazole working for my acid reflux?

May not be reflux: Symptoms which are often blamed on reflux may be due to other problems. 1% of the population is resistant to ppi type medications which could explain Omeprazole resistance. Omeprazole at standard doses often just isn't enough medication. A large hiatal hernia or severe obesity can lead to refractory disease too. You should see your doctor as refractory reflux warrants endoscopic evaluation.

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What other meds are good for acid reflux besides omeprazole?

What other meds are good for acid reflux besides omeprazole?

Proton pump inhibito: Omeprazole belongs to the class of proton pump inhibitors. Other options include pantoprazole & lansoprazole among others (http://www. Drugs. Com/drug-class/proton-pump-inhibitors. Html). A step down in strength are H2 blockers (http://www. Drugs. Com/drug-class/h2-antagonists. Html). Basic start is calcium carbonate such as Tums & Rolaids. Of course, try lifestyle options 1st. Http://goo. Gl/s1Ukdf

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Hello I'm on omeprazole for acid reflux is it normal to still get flare ups from time to time?

Hello I'm on omeprazole for acid reflux is it normal to still get flare ups from time to time?

Yes.: Diet is a very important to have healthy stomach health. Stay away from spicy foods, chocolates and peppermint. Wear a loose belt. Raise the head of the bed or use more pillows might help decrease symptoms.

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I've been prescribed omeprazole 20mg for acid reflux long term, what are the concerns taking continually for years on end?

Long term use: Long term use has been associated with Vitamin B-12 deficiency, osteoporosis and fractures as well as hypomagnesemia, atrophic gastritis. Other side effects includes pancreatitis, blood count problems, liver function. These are issues to discuss with your physician.

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Would it be safe to take Omeprazole experimentally? What are the chances of it causing a rebound effect if what I have is not acid reflux.

Would it be safe to take Omeprazole experimentally? What are the chances of it causing a rebound effect if what I have is not acid reflux.

Self-diagnosis.: It would not be expected that Omeprazole would worsen symptoms. The concern would really be that you're treating something with Omeprazole which would not be helped by Omeprazole. If you don't feel any relief in one week, then you should visit with a doctor to get a formal diagnosis.

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I am taking 20 mg of omeprazole every morning and right now I am having acid reflux should I take a second omeprazole or what can t take for immediate relief?

Something quick: Drugs like Omeprazole do not work quickly. For your purposes you may want ask your physician about using an h-2 receptor blocking agent like Pepcid (famotidine) (pepcid (famotidine) complete may be a good choice.

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How much omeprazole can I take to prevent acid reflux?

How much omeprazole can I take to prevent acid reflux?

Omeprazole: It is okay to try omeprazole up to 20 mg once a day for up to two weeks to try to prevent heartburn and acid reflux. If your symptoms persist beyond that, you should see your dr. For a more definitive diagnosis and longer-term treatment. Avoid the particular foods that you think cause your reflux. I'd avoid caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco. Consider tilting your bed. Good luck.

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Is omeprazole better than pantoprazole for acid reflux?

Is omeprazole better than pantoprazole for acid reflux?

It seems my GI...: Buddies prefer esomeprazole but really it is what works best with your body, as with any medication.

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Constant acid reflux - is this a concern this is happening everyday even when I stick to alkaline foods. Am taking Omeprazole also?

Constant acid reflux - is this a concern this is happening everyday even when I stick to alkaline foods. Am taking Omeprazole also?

You need more tests: To see if you have a stomach problem called H pylori. You need to see a specialist to get tests done

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Why does my acid reflux symptoms always seem to get worse after a rainy day? Can I do anything to prevent it? I take Omeprazole 20mg daily.

Why does my acid reflux symptoms always seem to get worse after a rainy day? Can I do anything to prevent it? I take Omeprazole 20mg daily.

Rhinitis?: A trigger for gastric irritation and subsequent reflux is swallowed mucus from post-nasal drip. Alternatively, postnasal drip can worsen an already irritated throat from GERD. This will cause pain in the back of the throat, a sensation of having a lump in your throat, or cough/vocal cord irritation. Weather changes can be trigger for non-allergic rhinitis. Tree pollen also increases after rain

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Do I really need to take omeprazole & famotadine, my last upper GI showed no signs of acid reflux.

Depends: These medicines are for reflux and ulcers but they are mainly to decrease the acid production. Why both, would be a question your doctor should be the one to answer.

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Why does someone with a dysfunctional gallbladder have acid reflux problems? Should they take omeprazole?

Why does someone with a dysfunctional gallbladder have acid reflux problems? Should they take omeprazole?

Not the case: Dysfunctional or sick gallbladder is not related to acid reflux, they are two different situations which may co exist. Gall bladder is related to bile delivery to stomach which helps digestion, that's why in some people Omeprazole helps, but they are different. If you do not have reflux disease and you take your gallbladder out, you may not need omeprazole.

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Hello I'm on omeprazole for acid reflux I have a small hital hernia too but I'm getting flare ups from time to time is this right?

Hello I'm on omeprazole for acid reflux I have a small hital hernia too but I'm getting flare ups from time to time is this right?

It happens: Omeprazole works well for many patients with reflux and small hiatal hernias. In some cases it is not enough and additional treatment, or even surgery may be needed. Be certain to keep a log of the frequency, timing, position, relation to meals and severity of your symptoms. This will help your doctor to help you.

Dr. Peter Ihle
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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