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Doctor insights on: Gerd And Heartburn And Tagamet

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Dr. Charles Cattano
1,435 doctors shared insights

Heartburn (Definition)

When acid and peptic juices reflux into the esophagus, one might have the sensation of burning or pain under the breast bone. It can radiate up to the throat and down to the region of the solar plexus. Some may describe it as bad 'indigestion' and others may feel like they are ...Read more


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What is the best treatment for silent gerd, no heartburn whatsoever?

What is the best treatment for silent gerd, no heartburn whatsoever?

The same as GERD: The treatment is the same for both gerd and silent gerd. Low acidic foods and/or medications such as h2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors can relieve symptoms, if you have them. Speak with your doctor about which plan is most appropriate for you. ...Read more

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If PPIs and diet only help a little with heartburn and other GERD symptoms, can anything else be done besides surgery?

If PPIs and diet only help a little with heartburn and other GERD symptoms, can anything else be done besides surgery?

Yes: On diet, want to ensure cutting back drastically on caffeine, coffee, alcohol, fatty/fried foods, too much acidic or spicy foods (some good), red meats. Lose weight. Keep blood pressure and diabetes (if applicable) in control. Exercise daily. Stay sitting or standing at least 30 min after any meal. Sleep on a regular schedule. Control stress. These all help with GERD unless hiatal hernia present. ...Read more

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I have a lot of heartburn. Some weeks I can have none but than others, its constant! acid reflux? Gerd? How can I know?

I have a lot of heartburn. Some weeks I can have none but than others, its constant! acid reflux? Gerd? How can I know?

Probably: Sounds like gerd which can be intermittent. No one way to make the diagnosis, but if you feel better on a ppi then that usually is enough to make the diagnosis. Diagnosis of gerd can also be made with an endoscopy but not necessary. ...Read more

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I have GERD and have being having heartburn symptoms. im taking zantac (ranitidine) now daily and i still have heartburn. What medication is best for heartburn?

I have GERD and have being having heartburn symptoms. im taking zantac (ranitidine) now daily and i still have heartburn. What medication is best for heartburn?

PPI: Proton pump inhibitor. This class of medications typically works the best for reflux disease. It is advisable over to use this for about three months, and then try and wean yourself off and see how the symptoms are. Do this with the knowledge of your primary care provider. They might need to send you for more tests should medication fail. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What preventative treatments are there for GERD and heartburn?

What preventative treatments are there for GERD and heartburn?

Prevent/Control GERD: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, zegerid). See a GI doctor if persistent. ...Read more

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Is it common or possible to have GERD WITHOUT the symptoms of heartburn or regurgitation?

Is it common or possible to have GERD WITHOUT  the symptoms of heartburn or regurgitation?

GERD: Gerd is always associated with symptoms!. If you don't have symptoms you don't have Gerd. What makes you think something is wrong? ...Read more

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Could you recommend an OTC heartburn/ GERD medicine that can help with my breathing issues?

Could you recommend an OTC heartburn/ GERD medicine that can help with my breathing issues?

GERD FLARES ASTHMA: GERD symptoms Flare asthma/You need a full exam and blood work. Especial screen for H pylori . Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori . Empiric trial of Zantac vs nexium (esomeprazole) , if symptoms persist baseline EGD.. While you are getting these items checked out you should ditch to a gluten free high fiber diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com. Also asthma EVAL and monitor PEF ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
1,279 doctors shared insights

Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease( gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...Read more


Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Indigestion (Definition)

Indigestion is a feeling of discomfort in the upper belly (abdomen) during or right after a meal. It may present as a feeling of uncomfortable ...Read more