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H2 Blockers (Overview)

The h2 receptor antagonists are a class of drugs used to block the action of histamine on parietal cells in the stomach, decreasing the production of acid by these cells.


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What are some natural h2 blockers, if any such exist?

What are some natural h2 blockers, if any such exist?

Natural?: It is not a common natural function to block normal function(as most meds do) it is more natural to support normal function. Changing diet, adding fruits and veggies, and adding digestive enzymes and probitoics can all help reflux. ...Read more

H2 Blockers (Overview)

The h2 receptor antagonists are a class of drugs used to block the action of histamine on parietal cells in the stomach, decreasing the production of acid by these cells.


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H2 blockers can be used together with antacids?

H2 blockers can be used together with antacids?

Of course: H2 blockers (tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid) reduce acid production, while antacids (mylanta, maalox) neutralize acid that has already been produced. Talk to your doctor about stepping up to proton pump inhibitor treatment to achieve improved acid suppression, if clinically warranted by persistent acid-related symptoms refractory to the combination of h2-blockers and antacids. ...Read more

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I heard about the side effects of prolonged use of PIP's & was wondering if H2 blockers r any better 4 someone who had bleeding ulcer thats inactive?

I heard about the side effects of prolonged use of PIP's & was wondering if H2 blockers r any better 4 someone who had bleeding ulcer thats inactive?

Better tolerated: H2 blockers don't seem to have the same degree of effects like increased risk of osteoporosis, hypomagnesemia(low magnesium) and pneumonia as do PPI's. Remember, they both lead to lower levels of acid secretion, so you still have to have some concern of similar affects in the long run. ...Read more

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How is the timing of taking other meds (h2 blockers & tylenol) best scheduled when taking sulcrufate? How many times a day can sulcrufate be taken?

How is the timing of taking other meds  (h2 blockers & tylenol) best scheduled when taking sulcrufate?  How many times a day can sulcrufate be taken?

H2 blockers&sucrafat: Sucrafate is normally prescribed to be taken 4 times a day, h2 blockers are once or twice a day depending on the dose used.Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain or fever if needed only can be taken every four hours if indicated. ...Read more

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What are some natural h2 blockers, if any such exist?

Natural?: It is not a common natural function to block normal function(as most meds do) it is more natural to support normal function. Changing diet, adding fruits and veggies, and adding digestive enzymes and probitoics can all help reflux. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: h2 blockers?

What is the definition or description of: h2 blockers?

See below: The h2 receptor antagonists are a class of drugs used to block the action of histamine on parietal cells in the stomach, decreasing the production of acid by these cells. ...Read more

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I have chronic urticaria. What can I do? I heard that h2 blockers can help.

I have chronic urticaria.  What can I do?  I heard that h2 blockers can help.

Many meds for hives: H2 blockers are easy and inexpensive to try and they do sometimes help with treating chronic urticaria. They include cimetidine, ranitidine, Famotidine and nizatidine. They are all available over the counter without a prescription. In my experience, they rarely work well by themselves, but sometimes work well along with a good h1 blocker, like Cetirizine or fexofenadine. Use an allergist for help. ...Read more

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H2 blockers can be used together with antacids?

Of course: H2 blockers (tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid) reduce acid production, while antacids (mylanta, maalox) neutralize acid that has already been produced. Talk to your doctor about stepping up to proton pump inhibitor treatment to achieve improved acid suppression, if clinically warranted by persistent acid-related symptoms refractory to the combination of h2-blockers and antacids. ...Read more

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Is one class of acid blockers generally considered more safe for long term use? PPI vs H2 Blockers specifically.

Is one class of acid blockers generally considered more safe for long term use? PPI vs H2 Blockers specifically.

No clear answer. As: with all medications, the big issue is not the medication but the situation; the dominant issue. Being alive is fantastically complex. Rx meds are only single molecules recommended in specific quantities/time to shift behavior, hopefully toward better. Stomach acid production can vary a million fold/24 hr, pH 7 to pH 1. H2 blocker can ? acid 100 times; PPIs 1,000 times ? of the million range. ...Read more