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Names of non ppi medications for acid reflux?

Names of non ppi medications for acid reflux?

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.). Can we help you further? ...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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Do the ppi's such as Nexium (esomeprazole) and other prescription ppi's work to help laryngopharyngeal reflux?

Do the ppi's such as Nexium (esomeprazole) and other prescription ppi's work to help laryngopharyngeal reflux?

Yes: If lpr is your problem, ppi (proton pump inhibitors) are the treatment. It is important to take ppi's as prescribed. Every day on an empty stomach 60 minutes before a meal. After a few weeks of regular use, if your problem hasn't resolved, speak to your physician. ...Read more

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Are the over-the-counter meds as effective as nexium (esomeprazole)?

Are the over-the-counter meds as effective as nexium (esomeprazole)?

Not quite: Over-the-counter medications work the same as Nexium (esomeprazole) for the most part if they are Prilosec or prevacid. The only difference is the dose is about one quarter of that a prescription medication so you will not get as much acid production. ...Read more

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Is there any over-the-counter acid reflux medicine stronger than Pepcid (famotidine) complete and prilose otc?

Is there any over-the-counter acid reflux medicine stronger than Pepcid (famotidine) complete and prilose otc?

Sure...: Pepcid (famotidine) is an H2 blocker. That class of drugs relative to acid suppression is exceeded by the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) class, of which Prilosec was the first. Many subsequent PPI's have been introduced with longer durations of action. Although we can't endorse particular products on HealthTap, ask your pharmacist to recommend another PPI. Better yet, see your gastroenterologist for the right Rx. ...Read more

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Can other antacids be taken with nexium (esomeprazole)?

Can other antacids be taken with nexium (esomeprazole)?

Yes they can be: Yes you can take other antacids while taking Nexium (esomeprazole) or other ppis if you get occasional breakthrough heartburn. ...Read more

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Can Zantac (ranitidine) be used to effectively control acid reflux problems?

Can Zantac (ranitidine) be used to effectively control acid reflux problems?

Depends on cause: Gerd (movement of stomach contents into esophagus) can result from: 1) inappropriate relaxation of lower esophageal sphincter, gastroparesis (sluggish stomach emptying, partial gastric outlet obstruction), ineffective esophageal peristalsis, inadequate salivary production. Limit consumption of: caffeine & fizzy drinks, dietary fats, tomato products, chocolate, tobacco, alcohol, bedtime snacks. ...Read more

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What drugs interact with zantac (ranitidine)?

What drugs interact with zantac (ranitidine)?

Many drugs can: interact with zantac. Check this site for full list: http://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/ranitidine,zantac-150.html ...Read more

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Can over-the-counter antacids reduce symptoms of gerd?

Can over-the-counter antacids reduce symptoms of gerd?

Yes: Symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease occur when stomach acid contacts the lower esophagus. Over the counter antacids will neutralize this acid. Some OTC antacids are combined with medication that decreases the production of acid in the stomach making the combination more effective in reducing reflux symptoms. ...Read more

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Will taking an OTC medicine such as Prilosec or zegerid interfere with prescription meds such as metformin?

Will taking an OTC medicine such as Prilosec or zegerid interfere with prescription meds such as metformin?

Maybe: Otc Prilosec et. Al. Will change the acidity of the stomach. Some rx meds need the acid to be absorbed. Take the Prilosec alone at bedtime. Take any and all other meds at least 2 hours before or the next morning. ...Read more

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Are ranitidine ingredients ppis?

Are ranitidine ingredients ppis?

Histamine antagonist: No, ranitidine is a histamine antagonist -- it works by selectively blocking the histamine H2 receptor to lower stomach acid content. Similar end-effect as a PPI like omeprazole, but following a different mechanism. ...Read more

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Can aerius antihistamine meds cause Constipation?

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Can aerius antihistamine meds cause Constipation?

Unlikely: Not a known side effect of the drug, but you can still try for yourself to hold it and see if the constipation resolves, otherwise see your doctor for evaluation if it is really bothersome, as there are several causes for constipation, best wishes ...Read more

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Are there any OTC meds for chronic sinusitis?

Are there any OTC meds for chronic sinusitis?

Yes!: Several OTC medications can help with symptoms of chronic sinusitis, including: 1. Nasal saline irrigations to flush out mucus 2. Nasal saline spray to moisturize the nose 3. Nasal saline gel for moisturization 4. Nasal steroid sprays (currently Flonase and Nasacort) to reduce inflammation 5. "Cold meds" (antihistamines, mucus reducers, decongestants, and cough suppressants) depending on symptoms ...Read more

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Can you take both Prilosec and Zantac (ranitidine) for acid reflux?

Can you take both Prilosec and Zantac (ranitidine) for acid reflux?

Gerd: These medications have differing mechanisms of action and usually it's not necessary to take them together although I don't think it is harmful to do so. Zantac (ranitidine) has a quicker onset of action and thus relieves heartburn quicker, but overall, taking prilosec daily is more effective for most patients but should there be breakthrough heartburn, taking a zantac (ranitidine) in addition for quick relief may help. ...Read more

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What other meds are good for acid reflux besides omeprazole ?

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

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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What are nonaddictive OTC pain medicines?

What are nonaddictive OTC pain medicines?

OTC Meds & Addiction: Virtually all of the otc pain medications in the us do not activate the disease of addiction. While the otc pain medications may not activate addiction or cause physical dependence, they are still extremely dangerous if taken in excess and can cause liver and kidney failure and intestinal bleeding. Some countries like canada do have otc pain medications that can activate addiction (codeine). ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

Burning pain or irritation in the upper stomach or lower chest. May be worse on lying down, and is ...Read more