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Doctor insights on: Gastroesophageal Reflux Regular Caffeine Use

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Use Caffeine Regularly (Definition)

Excessive caffeine intake can lead to a fast heart rate, excessive urination, nausea, vomiting, restlessness, anxiety, depression, tremors, and difficulty sleeping. The effect of caffeine on health has been widely studied. In particular, the effects of caffeine on fibrocystic breast disease, heart and blood vessel disease, birth defects, reproductive function, and behavior in children has been closely examined. The American Medical Association Council on Scientific Affairs says that moderate tea or coffee drinking likely has no negative effective on one's health, as long as the person lives an otherwise healthy lifestyle. However, the organization emphasizes moderate caffeine use. Abrupt withdrawal of caffeine may cause headaches, drowsiness, irritability, nausea, vomiting, and other symptoms. Reduce caffeine intake gradually to prevent ...Read more


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Are peppers ok for gastroesophageal reflux diet?

Are  peppers ok for gastroesophageal reflux diet?

They're fine, unless: They are hot peppers and you don't the pain. ...Read more

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease worse with spicy foods?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease worse with spicy foods?

It may: Spicy foods may make reflux symptoms worse but not always. If you have gerd and do fine with spicy foods then there is no reason to avoid them. ...Read more

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I'm 11 weeks pregnant with bad heartburn or acid reflux is Tums (calcium carbonate) safe to take?

I'm 11 weeks pregnant with bad heartburn or acid reflux is Tums (calcium carbonate) safe to take?

Yes: Tums is typically what i tell pregnant women with heartburn to start with, as it also gets you extra calcium, which is good in pregnancy unless you are at risk for kidney stones. If that doesn't help, many patients find relief with over the counter pepcid (famotidine). ...Read more

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Can acid reflux or overusing Zantac (ranitidine) cause spitting up blood?

Can acid reflux or overusing Zantac (ranitidine) cause spitting up blood?

Spitting up Blood: This is an emergency. You do realize that don't you? The problem is what is causing the acid reflux. What ever the cause of the acid reflux is getting worse...It is not getting better with zantac (ranitidine). You need immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Regarding my reflux do I need nissen surgery, or continue using Nexium (esomeprazole) with diet & healthy foods. No chocolate, fried food, acids, alcohol, etc...

Regarding my reflux do I need nissen surgery, or continue using Nexium (esomeprazole) with diet & healthy foods. No chocolate, fried food, acids, alcohol, etc...

Weight matters: The surgery can help reflux, but many people get relief with losing weight, modified diet, and elevating head of bed. Your GI doctor can probably predict your chance of getting better without surgery and recommend a good surgeon if you need one. ...Read more

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Is acid reflux related to snoring and hiccups?

Is acid reflux related to snoring and hiccups?

Maybe: Snoring is more associated with the airway and may be reflective of sleep apnea. Hiccups are non-specific and reflect irritation to the diaphragm. Hiccups may be associated with acid reflux. Belching is also commonly associated with gerd. ...Read more

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Have gerd & gasteroperesis. On ranitidine night, pepcid b4 food + dig enzymes or food won't move. Having regurg.&worse gerd. What next? Increase meds?

Have gerd & gasteroperesis. On ranitidine night, pepcid b4 food + dig enzymes or food won't move. Having regurg.&worse gerd. What next? Increase meds?

Discuss : With your doctor. Sometimes Doctors may use prokinetic drugs like Reglan. The do have adverse if used for long. Discuss with your GI attending. Eat small frequent meals and slow eating and light food may help ...Read more

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4 years ago reflux started and lead to non h-pylori gastritis. Quit smoking, I'm not overweight, and quit drinking. Chronic gerd persists. Take 20mg aciphex daily. I reflux drinking water. Anything else I can add medication wise to help avoid cancer ?

First of all: speak with your Primary Care Provider since you are NOT on maximum medical treatment! Both H-2 Blockers (eg Zantac...Pepcid) at PRESCRIPTION strength and PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS (eg:: PRILOSEC, NEXIUM (esomeprazole) ) ALSO at PRESCRIPTION strength can be taken TOGETHER under the care of your PCP or Gastroenterologist. If you have not consulted a Board Certified GI doc DO IT!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Can children use an anti acid like Tums (calcium carbonate) for frequent eructation with stomach contents coming in mouth?

Can children use an anti acid like Tums (calcium carbonate) for frequent eructation with stomach contents coming in mouth?

Tums (calcium carbonate): Yes Tums (calcium carbonate) would be safe. You do need to have your child checked for the cause of the eructations. See your doctor about an appointment and examinations to diagnosis the disorder. ...Read more

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I've been instructed to skip caffeine (coffee) due to acid reflux. Is it the acidity or actually the caffeine? Could black tea be a substitute?

I've been instructed to skip caffeine (coffee) due to acid reflux. Is it the acidity or actually the caffeine? Could black tea be a substitute?

DGL is used to: help with acid reflux and is safe. If you take licorice that is not DGL, over time it can raise your blood pressure. Please consult w/your doc. Peace and good health. Acid is the issue. Please do what your doc says but tea may be a good substitute. ...Read more

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Will Prilosec OTC help with my occasional heartburn/acid reflux?

Prilosec: Prilosec and similar medications tend to be better at preventing acid reflux than in treating it once it has already started. If you have only occasional heartburn, often the best treatment is good old-fashioned chewable antacids, such as Mylanta or Tums (calcium carbonate). If it is frequent, Prilosec might be helpful, but if it doesn't go away, you should see your doctor. Look up anti-reflux measures. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are severe acid reflux and hiatal hernia related to snoring and excessive hiccupping?

Are severe acid reflux and hiatal hernia related to snoring and excessive hiccupping?

Perhaps: Gerd certainly may be related to hiccups but probably not snoring. A large hiatal hernia can certainly cause hiccups but again would not be related to snoring. Being overweight is a common cause of gerd and snoring. ...Read more

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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


Caffeine Use (Definition)

Caffeine is a stimulant.Recently may have adopted extremely high levels of caffeine which may cause heart palpitations, especially with young people who buy it at the gas stations. This may be dangerous. A regular cup of coffee in am is ok, but not ...Read more