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What to do if (good GERD medications)?

What to do if (good GERD medications)?

PPI: Proton Pump Inhibitors (priolosec, nexium, (esomeprazole) protonix and others) reduce the acid produced by the stomach and help prevent esophogeal damage. They should be taken daily for prevention. Consult your Dr to see if you need to take long term. For occasional heartburn, there are a number of meds - zantac, tums, etc. These will reduce hearburn pains, but do little to preotect against long term damage. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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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


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Of the 2 OTC ppi GERD medications that are available, which one seems to work better?

Of the 2 OTC ppi GERD medications that are available, which one seems to work better?

No endorsement: The physicians here do not endorse products. Especially when the products are similar in their action and efficacy. ...Read more

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I'm 40 years old and had the fundoplication 15 years ago but it failed. What are the side affects of not taking GERD medication for over ten years?

I'm 40 years old and had the fundoplication 15 years ago but it failed. What are the side affects of not taking GERD medication for over ten years?

Worst case...: ...Scenario - acid reflux leading to damage to the esophagus, progressing to esophageal cancer. You need to be followed regularly by a gastroenterologist to keep this from happening. ...Read more

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regurgitating undigested food for hours after eating for 3 years now. Gerd medication hasn't helped. I have unexplained exhale wheeze. What can itbe?

regurgitating undigested food for hours after eating for 3 years now. Gerd medication hasn't helped. I have unexplained exhale wheeze. What can itbe?

Regurgitation Blues: Dude, you need to see a G.I. doctor (or another one). Regurgitating food for that long? Maybe there's a structural problem with the way your esophagus attaches to your stomach that medicine alone can't help--or something else. And you've probably regurgitated in your sleep, causing lung irritation and that wheezing.Also, chronic irritation to your lower esophagus can eventually turn bad, really bad ...Read more

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I have severe abdominal pain diagnosed as pyloric gerd. Medication is not helping and I hurt when exercising or even sitting up now. Misdiagnosis?

I have severe abdominal pain diagnosed as pyloric gerd. Medication is not helping and I hurt when exercising or even sitting up now. Misdiagnosis?

I am not: Sure what you mean by pyloric gerd. Try changing medication or adding more meds. If that doesn't help, you might need to have surgical correction. It could also be something else, such as gallstones or even your heart. Get to a doctor asap. ...Read more

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How can I control GERD without medication?

How can I control GERD without medication?

Diet and gum: An antireflux diet can help. Also gum=chewing increases saliva production which is a good neutralizer of acid. ...Read more

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Food is coming back up my throat. Is this gerd? What medication would be advised. Ppi's or h2 inhibitors?

Food is coming back up my throat. Is this gerd? What medication would be advised. Ppi's or h2 inhibitors?

See your doctor: This is not normal. You need to see your physician to determine the cause of this problem. ...Read more

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Long term solutions for nighttime GERD not involving medications?

Long term solutions for nighttime GERD not involving medications?

GERD: Avoid fatty foods, coffee, tea, alcohol, licorice, peppermint, chocolate. No smoking. Do not eat for several hours before bedtime. Elevate the head of the bed. If you are on any medications, review them with your doctor to make sure they do not cause GERD. ...Read more

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Wellbutrin (bupropion) is for sure causing me bad GERD. BUT this medication works VERY WELL for my fatigue and depression, what can I do to prevent or stop GERD?

Wellbutrin (bupropion) is for sure causing me bad GERD. BUT this medication works VERY WELL for my fatigue and depression, what can I do to prevent or stop GERD?

Prevention methods: Includes avoiding certain foods/drinks, planning when you eat in relation to sleep/activity, and adjusting your sleep position. See comments section for a link to additional info. Over the counter meds may be useful, including omeprazole or Pepcid, (famotidine) but it is recommended this be coordinated with your provider as they are meant for short-term use and may be associated with side effects. ...Read more

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What's best medication for GERD please?

What's best medication for GERD please?

Your doc can give: You something for it after he/she diagnoses it. You can also use dgl, available in the health food store. These capsules are licorice w/out an enzyme that raises blood pressure. They coat the lining of esophagus. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it possible for medications make GERD worse?

Is it possible for medications make GERD worse?

Yes: There is a list of medications which can contribute to gerd. Antibiotics such as tetracycline, biphosphonates for osteoporosis, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Motrin or aspirin, and potassium are common offenders. ...Read more

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How long do I need to take medications for gerd?

Hard to say: If your heartburn symptoms are infrequent and episodic, then likely no. If you have chronic symptoms however i.e. 3 or more attacks of reflux a week, then you may need to remain on maintenance therapy. Ask your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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How long will I have to take medication for gerd?

How long will I have to take medication for gerd?

Depends: In general, gerd is a chronic condition that does not get "cured" by medications. Depending on consultation with your family physician and referral to specialists, they will work with you to decide best course of treatment. If nothing else is done, symptomatic gerd will require life long medication to alleviate/treat symptoms. ...Read more

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I have gerd and am on medication but it has been bad lately. What can I do?

I have gerd and am on medication but it has been bad lately. What can I do?

Double dose then dr: You can either double the dose (i.e. 20mg -> 40mg)) or frequency (1x/day -> 2x/day) or add an H2 blocker if taking a PPI. If on an H2 blocker, then add a PPI. Make sure nor eating before lying down, avoid alcohol, caffeine, and spicy/fatty foods, as well as nsaids. If no relief wi 1wk, see your clinician to rule out Peptic ulcer, more severe GERD or other cause. Take Care! ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to take medication for gerd?

GERD/MEDICATIONS: Good idea to take meds if you have persistant gerd, along with lifestyle modifications. Like losing weight if overweight.Avoiding certain foods which cause gerd, not eating less than 3 hours before going to bed, avoid alcohol, do not drink too much coffee or tea and meds in the beginning. You can try to stop meds and see if it stops
if not you need long term meds to prevent esophagitis/cancer. ...Read more

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I am in so much pain and it is suspected that I have GERD or an ulcer. Medication wears off and I'm in a lot of pain. What to do?

I am in so much pain and it is suspected that I have GERD or an ulcer. Medication wears off and I'm in a lot of pain. What to do?

Try sipping: Small quantities of milk (If you are lactose intolerant include "lactaid" tablets.) Also an oral antacid (for example Maalox, Gelusil etc) may help! You failed to mention what medication you were started on and what is planned for tests to determine exact diagnosis! Over the counter H-2 blockers (eg Pepcid (famotidine), Zantac< may also help!

Hope this is helpful!
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3 months ago the doctor diagnosed (GERD) and he prescribed medication and advised me to have diet and stop training hard Can I continue my training?

3 months ago the doctor diagnosed (GERD) and he prescribed medication and advised me to have diet and stop training hard Can I continue my training?

As long as U R avoid: -ing exercises that may cause symptoms even with treatment. Any exercise involving lifting where U strain a lot & hold Ur breath, Ur intra-abdominal pressure is increasing a lot & can cause symptoms. Trial & error. ...Read more

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What are natural way to cure GERD other than taking medication? I don't smoke, average alcohol consumption. Am overweight

What are natural way to cure GERD other than taking medication? I don't smoke, average alcohol consumption. Am overweight

Certain foods: To reduce reflux it is wise to reduce the acid foods you may be eating. Thsi would include tomato sauce, citrus fruits and their juice, foods picked with vinegar. And overuse of alcohol. Try to limit bending over to lift things as this can move stomach contents into your throat. Bned with your knees (goSpeak to your physician about the many other foods and things you can do to relieve your reflux. ...Read more

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I'm on medication for GERD and reflux treatment ie nexium, (esomeprazole) ganaton & duspatalin. However I been getting muscle cramp every now and then, why is that?

I'm on medication for GERD and reflux treatment ie nexium, (esomeprazole) ganaton & duspatalin. However I been getting muscle cramp every now and then, why is that?

Hypomagnesemia: Some people get problems with magnesium absorption in small bowel or you may be on diuretics or have malabsorption--so you could measure magnesium in blood or just get magnesium supplements from over the counter-
1-muscle cramps has a variety of other causes? Get blood work--
2- try to go without Nexium (esomeprazole) and see if muscle cramps go away. ...Read more

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Are there any medications that can make GERD worse?

Are there any medications that can make GERD worse?

Yes: Gerd can be exacerbated by many different drugs, including anticholinergics, beta blockers, bronchodilators used for asthma, calcium channel blockers, Dopamine agonists, sedatives, and tricyclic anti-depressants. It is best to talk with your physician if you are on other medications to see if they may cause your gerd symptoms to worsen. ...Read more

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Why GERD symptoms get worse before mesnsturation and how to decrease symptoms without medication?

Why GERD symptoms get worse before mesnsturation and how to decrease symptoms without medication?

Well, not sure: Why worse but premenstrually many things worsen, perhaps even eating habits. Ranitidine is a medicine that is safe and much better than long term effects of reflux. If you smoke it's much less harmful and smoking can make gerd worse. Try some baking soda, milk or even a little bit of half/half if you must stay away from medicine. Gdluc. ...Read more

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History of family GERD, think I may have it what's the best OTC medication for it?

History of family GERD, think I may have it what's the best OTC medication for it?

GER medications: Commonly used OTC reflux medications include Zantac, Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium (esomeprazole). At one time, these were all available by prescription only and should be effective for uncomplicated occassional heartburn. Some people find one more effective than the others, but this seems to be somewhat individualized. ...Read more

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I was suffering a rusty voice from my gerd. Is it possible to regain my natural voice again after I finish the medication?

Yes: Laryngopharyngeal reflux is very common. Symptoms frequently include throat clearing, cough, hoarseness, lump in the throat and post-nasal drainage. Treatment usually includes both medication and dietary change. With adequate treatment it is likely that you will experience an improvemnet if not return of a normal voice. You should see an ENT doctor to further assess. ...Read more

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What medication is best for arthritis, when you have gerd?

What medication is best for arthritis, when you have gerd?

None.: If you have arthritis reducing inflammation is most important. You are referring to nsaids that relieve pain. The drugs that are least likely to exacerbate gerd are Celebrex (celecoxib) and meloxicam. Acetominophen will not cause problems but is less effective. Also, pro-drugs, inactive in the stomach, but converted to the active drug by the liver work well: Nabumetone, an example. Salsalate works well. ...Read more

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What are some treatment options in the event that medications fail to control my GERD symptoms?

What are some treatment options in the event that medications fail to control my GERD symptoms?

Several: Several surgical options are available for the treatment of reflux. The most common is a laparoscopic nissen fundoplication. It works very well but does have some side effects, such as inability to vomit, gas bloat and trouble swallowing. My favorite is the tif (transoral incisionless fundoplication). It controls reflux very well without the nissen side effects. ...Read more

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I have GERD and I have no ins. What is the best OTC medication for that? I already take 300mg of Zantac (ranitidine) a day.

I have GERD and I have no ins. What is the best OTC medication for that? I already take 300mg of Zantac (ranitidine) a day.

Baking soda: If cost is an issue, and your are already taking 300mg of generic Zantac (ranitidine) a day, then you could occasionally try taking a level teaspoon of baking soda in about two ounces of water for further relief. This is a home remedy that has worked well of decades, but is not promoted in standard medical practice. That said you should be evaluated asap by a gastroenterologist to determine the cause of sx. ...Read more

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Are there any other medications normally prescribed with PPIs for GERD? Can you just take the PPI only?

Are there any other medications normally prescribed with PPIs for GERD? Can you just take the PPI only?

Rx GERD: Hi - there's a host of meds we use for GERD and PPIs are just one. If you have reflux and its not getting better after 6 weeks of trial of PPI then hou must go and see you doctor thanks ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more