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Zantac (ranitidine): Nope, but it will calm your stomach down. ...Read more
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
Gastritis: Yes Nexium (esomeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor designed to reduce acid production in stomach and facilitate healing of gastritis and ulcers. May want to be checked for h. Pylori, a bacteria associated with gastritis, ulcers and other stomach related issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Barrett's esophagus: Treating people with reflux may help prevent Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. Often, reflux is treated using drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as esomeprazole (Nexium®). Avoiding tobacco and alcohol, balanced diet and healthy body weight do help also. ...Read more
Why?: What are you trying to treat? If your symptoms are not controlled with one drug, it is time to see your doctor. ...Read more
Many: But none terribly common or serious. Read the supplies information for each drug. ...Read more
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
Zantac (ranitidine) and GERD: Hi yes, if it works. But, please do not continue using this drug if your symptoms persist or worsen. The goal is to be wise about diet and exercise and weight and the types of calories you consume so that you do not have gerd at your young age that persists month after month. Cigarrettes, chocolate, red wine and caffeine can all make gerd worse. ...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
Maybe (not) . . .: Everyone now agrees that h pylori is responsible for peptic ulcer disease, including gastric & duodenal ulcers. However, it's not clear that h pylori is responsible for gerd & esophagitis. However, esophagitis is associated w/pud so if we find h pylori, then we tend to treat if you/re symptomatic. The trick in medicine is paying attention to cause & effect studies vs observational ones. It's tough. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers