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Does Zantac (ranitidine) works for acid reflux? Would you recommend Zantac (ranitidine) for acid reflux?
Zantac (ranitidine) works 4 GERD: Zantac (ranitidine) was the leading drug in the world when introduced in the early 1980's to treat indigestion. Conventional prescription doses were 300mg twice daily. The drug is effective in suppressing acid, but when used longterm can promote tolerance (so that larger doses are needed over time to block acid). Current over-the-counter dosing is 75mgs. Take along with behavior & diet aimed at reducing gerd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The answer...: ....To what will help with a distended abdomen depends entirely on the cause of the distention. Probiotics are helpful with a lot of digestive issues, if you take them regularly. The two meds you mention reduce stomach acid and are unlikely to help with distention. If this is happening often, look to your diet for a solution. This problem is often diet related. ...Read more
What is the best otc, non-ppi antacid (i.E. Malox, mylanta, pepto bismol, tums, (calcium carbonate) rolaids, etc.)?
Acid reduction...: Non-ppi acid reducers include the h2-blocker class (tagamet=cimetidine; zantac=ranitidine; pepcid=famotidine) as well as antacids (like maalox, mylanta, tums, (calcium carbonate) etc.). The former reduce production of acid while the latter neutralize stomach acid. There are pros ; cons to each, so its not a question of which is best but which is best for you. Can take antacids 1 ; 3 hours after meals ; at bedtime. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Zantac (ranitidine): Nope, but it will calm your stomach down. ...Read more
Dietary changes: An alteration of intestinal motility or bacteria. Dietary factors, such as an increased intake of lactose, fructose, sorbitol, indigestible starches in fruits, vegetables, and legumes, and carbonated beverages. Products such as pork, upon digestion, may release trace concentrations of malodorous gases. Psychological factors. ...Read more
Protonix (pantoprazole): The most common side effects from taking Protonix (pantoprazole) are headaches, constipation, gas , and nausea. There is a long list of potential side effects that are really rather rare but these are the ones I have seen in clinical practice. Occasionally someone will have diarrhea or abdominal pain as well. ...Read more
May or may not: Tums (calcium carbonate) is used to treat symptoms caused by too much stomach acid such as heartburn, upset stomach, or indigestion. Calcium carbonate is an antacid that works by lowering the amount of acid in the stomach. For gas symptoms use gas x or simethicone that works by breaking up gas bubbles in the gut. If you have excess gas and gas bloat see your gastroenterologist to rule out small intestinal overgrowt. ...Read more
Bile reflux-acid reflux, being treated for acid reflux 40mg Pepcid (famotidine) and 40mg pantaprozole each 2/aday. But symtoms of bile reflux..Wrong meds?
Bile or acid reflux?: If you have acid reflux disease and are having symptoms despite high dose acid-reducers and acid-blockers, then either your reflux is more severe and other treatment options should be considered, or the reflux is not acid-related but possibly gall bladder/liver related. ...Read more
Sometimes.: Depends on problem. If acid, yes. It could also be food sensitivity, allergies, lactose intolerance (dairy problem) too much food, gas, blockage of some sort, malabsorption, type of food, etc. Keep a food journal and see if you can identify if a particular type of food is the problem. Could be a gallbladder, liver, or pancreas problem as well. Best to have it evaluated by a physician. ...Read more
Yes, and more...: ...But like any drug, it is important to know what pathology the drug is being used to treat (a better approach than just treating symptoms), and to decide if the benefits of the drug outweigh its side effects (realized and theoretical). ...Read more
Need to see doctor: If you need all these medications, you need to consult a gastroenterologist. ...Read more
Stomach contents: Reflux refers to the acid, fluid and sometimes partially digested food in the stomach traveling back up the esophagus. This is irritating and can be treated with elevation of the upper body (not sleeping flat), not eating late in the day or too much at once, and medications like Omeprazole (which is otc) drinking alcohol, eating spicy or acid foods may bother you as well. ...Read more