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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 ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Why does my acid reflux seem to get worse when I have a cold? Do any common cold medicines reduce the effects of omeprazole?

Meds, post nasal drip: When sick w an upper respiratory tract infection, post nasal drip can be irritating to the throat, esophagus&stomach. Many common cold meds contain NSAIDS (anti-inflammatories)eg.ibuprofen or naproxen, which can irritate the esophagus. Spending more time in bed does not help acid reflux, either. Gaviscon (or"compare with Gaviscon"generic)after meals& at bedtime can boost protective effect of omeprazole ...Read more

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I've had acid reflux for some time now I'm on 20 mg of omeprazole can I still get the symptoms of GERD is seems to come and go recently?

I've had acid reflux for some time now I'm on 20 mg of omeprazole can I still get the symptoms of GERD is seems to come and go recently?

Maybe its not reflux: Lack of response to acid suppression ; antacids raises several possibilities: 1) you have excessive acid production; 2) your reflux is of non-acid material; 3) your esophagus is severely inflamed, infected, or ulcerated; 4) you have heightened esophageal sensitivity; 5) your dose of Omeprazole may be too low; 6) your present symptoms are not reflux-related. Suggest evaluation for diagnosis please. ...Read more

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I am having acid reflux with continuous burping (5-6) at times. I am also taking omeprazole 40 mg, can I take ACV to reduce my acid reflux?

Apple Cider vinegar: Hi, do you mean Apple Cider Vinegar? If that so then that would make you worse, any acidic food would make GERD worse, watch ur diet, avoid acidic food, spicy food, caffeinated drink, chocolate, greasy food, alcohol and if not better see your MD. ...Read more

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Taking Omeprazole for acid reflux but suffer Vit. B defiency as result. Are there any alternative PPIs? Can dietary change alone manage the condition?

Vitamine B and PPI: PPIs such as Omeprazole only impair the absorption of protein bound Vitamin B12 from animal derived dietary sources therefore the use of free or unbound Vitamin B12 are not affected and can be safely used safely used to correct the Vitamin B12 deficiency especially if you cannot stop taking the PPI. B12 def. Can cause macrocytic anemia, hyperhomocysteinemia and/or neutropathies. ...Read more

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Can peppermint tea (decaf) help with acid reflux symptoms? I've seen mixed opinions; some say it makes it worse.! omeprazole is currently not working

Can peppermint tea (decaf) help with acid reflux symptoms? I've seen mixed opinions; some say it makes it worse.! omeprazole is currently not working

Generally not but...: Peppermint tea is great for relieving intestinal spasm/cramps but usually aggravates reflux. But there are many natural approaches to reflux- avoiding certain foods, homeopathy, chinese herbs, aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, dgl, marshmallow root & slippery elm. See http://altmedicine. About. Com/od/therapiesfrometol/a/heartburn.Htm and http://www. Earthclinic. Com/cures/acid_reflux. Html. ...Read more

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I have had a nissan fundiplacation for acid reflux. It has not helped. I am taking medication. (omeprazole & ranitidine both morning and before dinner?

Complications: .Complications of nissan nclude dysphagia, gastric hypersensitivity, abnormal gastric motility, gas bloat syndrome and gerd relapse. The fundoplicaton can fail, unwrap, loosen or herniate. Not unusual following nissan is dumping syndrome. Stomach contents empty fast, getting sudden large volume in small bowel, wrenching, pallor, tachycardia, sweating, diarrhea, cramps etc. See gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Is this going to be permanent? Is this acid reflux? I have been diagnosed with acid reflux and have been taking omeprazole for over a year now. I get nauseated frequently and it seems like after I get nauseated I get chills and sometimes a very slight tin

Is this going to be permanent? Is this acid reflux? I have been diagnosed with acid reflux and have been taking omeprazole for over a year now. I get nauseated frequently and it seems like after I get nauseated I get chills and sometimes a very slight tin

Hello.: Hello. Can't tell from this if you are a teen or a young adult. Have you had a thorough evaluation? I.E., not just being prescribed medications for the presenting symptoms. If not, since, the symptoms are breaking through with two different medications, it is probably a good idea to have a more comprehensive assessment. Second issue- are you expeirencing a lot of stress? Sometimes the tingly of face, hands and fingers can occur with hyperventilting and nausea can be related to stress and anxiety as well. ...Read more

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I am taking omeprazole for heartburn, acid reflux and can I take naproxen?

I am taking omeprazole for heartburn, acid reflux and can I take naproxen?

Yes, but....: There is still an increased risk of GI problems with a history of gerd but the concurrent use of Omeprazole reduces the risk. Stop the Naproxen at the first sign of GI problems. Also, consider an nsaids such as Meloxicam which has less GI risk than naproxen. ...Read more

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I'm on day 1 of taking Omeprazole for chronic acid reflux but it hasn't started working yet. Is it safe to additionally take antacids with this drug?

I'm on day 1 of taking Omeprazole for chronic acid reflux but it hasn't started working yet. Is it safe to additionally take antacids with this drug?

Yes: Go ahead and take the antacids especially if you know it works. It can take awhile to get relief. The inflammation can take several months to heal. Also don't smoke or use nicotine, caffeine or decaf coffee, reduce to an optimal weight and elevate the head of your bed 4-6 inches on an incline so that the acid at night stays away form the esophagus. The body makes the most acid at night ...Read more

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My doctor had me on omeprazole everyday for acid reflux. Well we just found out my gallbladder is only functioning 15%! should I continue omeorazole or ask him to get off of it since its my gallbladder?

My doctor had me on omeprazole everyday for acid reflux. Well we just found out my gallbladder is only functioning 15%! should I continue omeorazole or ask him to get off of it since its my gallbladder?

Do you have 2 probs?: Don't know you. Call your doc. You may have one, the other, or 2 separate issues. (your symptoms arguably could be due to something entirely unrelated as well). Your doc can fill you in. ...Read more

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I have gerds, or acid reflux, I take 20mg omeprazole daily. Three months ago stopped taking. Iam back on now about 1 mth. Develeped irregular heart bea?

Not sure: I am not sure that your gerd is not related to your heart. The question is whether the Omeprazole actually helps or not, if not, the indigestion may be really angina. Omeprazole is not commonly known to cause "irregular heart beat". ...Read more

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Can constipation be causing bad acid reflux? My stomach feels so raw n won't settle with my omeprazole but am also constipated n loud noisey stomach

Can constipation be causing bad acid reflux? My stomach feels so raw n won't settle with my omeprazole but am also constipated n loud noisey stomach

Possibly: Slow gastric emptying is associated with constipation. Slow gastric emptying is associated with gastroesophageal reflux. Omeprazole helps control acid but does not affect gastric emptying. Constipation can also increase abdominal pressure and inturn reflux. Side effect of Omeprazole also is constipation. ...Read more

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Have acid reflux and hiatus hernia I have been prescribed rabeprazole 20mg, omeprazole 20mg and lansoprazole 30mg, which would you say was best?

All comparable: All of the PPI's (proton pump inhibitors) are very effective at reducing acid. Some keep the gastric pH <4 longer than others, but the bottom line, is which one works for you at the lowest dosage and the cheapest price. Check with your insurance company and find out which is their preferred drug. ...Read more

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I've been prescribed omeprazole for acid reflux, I'm also on tetralysal, for the last few days I've had sore throats and runny noise, is that normal?

Not the omeprazole: Getting a sore throat after starting omeprazole, which is not a side effect of omeprazole, means the Omeprazole has nothing to do with the symptom. ...Read more

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Hi. I've been taking Omeprazole for about a month for acid reflux. Yesterday and today I had loose stools that were orange. Is this caused by the Rx?

Hi. I've been taking Omeprazole for about a month for acid reflux. Yesterday and today I had loose stools that were orange. Is this caused by the Rx?

Omeprazole sideeffec: Abdominal pain, lose tools diarrhea and bloating maybe side effect of omeprazole. Stools color change may depend on the diet or gallbladder dysfunction ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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