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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


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Is prevacid (lansoprazole) more effective thanother heartburn meds?

Is prevacid (lansoprazole) more effective thanother heartburn meds?

Not more effective: Within the category of proton pump inhibitors. It is a more potent acid inhibitor than tums, zantac, Pepcid and cimetidine, but so are omeprazole, nexium, (esomeprazole) protonix, etc. Ultimately, it is about which one works the best for you. ...Read more

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Might IBS cause heartburn and acid reflux symptoms?

Might IBS cause heartburn and acid reflux symptoms?

Not really.: Ibs causes abd distention, bloating, cramping, constipation and diarrhea like symptoms. Your symptoms sound typical of reflux disease. Avoid spicy food, chocolates, coffee, eat small meals, and take anti ulcer meds. Reflux symptoms could be from a hiatal hernia as well which is diagnosed by either an upper GI contrast study or egd. Follow up with a GI doc if symp not goinng away. ...Read more

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Side effects of protonix (pantoprazole) for reflux or heartburn pains?

Side effects of protonix (pantoprazole) for reflux or heartburn pains?

Protonix (pantoprazole): The most common side effects from taking Protonix (pantoprazole) are headaches, constipation, gas , and nausea. There is a long list of potential side effects that are really rather rare but these are the ones I have seen in clinical practice. Occasionally someone will have diarrhea or abdominal pain as well. ...Read more

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Can prevacid (lansoprazole) cause flu like symptoms?

Can prevacid (lansoprazole) cause flu like symptoms?

Prevacid (lansoprazole): Prevacid (lansoprazole) is a proton-pump inhibitor and is used to treat acid reflux. The most common side effects include diarrhea, abdominal pain and headache. Less common symptoms include low magnesium, irregular heart beat, muscle spasms and even seizures. C. Difficile diarrhea is possible, too. This is usually a persistent diarrhea that is unrelenting. These should be evaluated and the medicine stopped. ...Read more

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Diarrhea,vomiting for weeks.severe stomach pain & cramps.can't keep food down.been taking omeprazole and mylanta.not helping. ULCER? TREATMENTS? HELP!

Diarrhea,vomiting for weeks.severe stomach pain & cramps.can't keep food down.been taking omeprazole and mylanta.not helping. ULCER? TREATMENTS? HELP!

Probably not ulcer: Ulcers are not usually associated with diarrhea or cramps. Other causes, such as infectious gastroenteritis, inflammatory bowel disorders, celiac sprue, should be considered. See a gastroenterologist to have testing done. ...Read more

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Have gerd & gasteroperesis. On ranitidine night, pepcid b4 food + dig enzymes or food won't move. Having regurg.&worse gerd. What next? Increase meds?

Have gerd & gasteroperesis. On ranitidine night, pepcid b4 food + dig enzymes or food won't move. Having regurg.&worse gerd. What next? Increase meds?

Discuss : With your doctor. Sometimes Doctors may use prokinetic drugs like Reglan. The do have adverse if used for long. Discuss with your GI attending. Eat small frequent meals and slow eating and light food may help ...Read more

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Will taking PPI meds stop stomach from digesting foods??

Will taking PPI meds stop stomach from digesting foods??

Great question.: The answer is both yes and no.Fats and proteins are emulsified by bile and carbohydrates are broken down by amylase.The acid in the stomach is helpful for breaking down proteins, but mainly it kills bacteria and other potentially harmful things in your diet. You will still produce acid in response to eating, but in lesser quantities. Also acid is needed to catalyze bioavailable oxidation of iron. ...Read more

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Im having foul burps n stomach pain tried all OTC acid reflex meds

Im having foul burps n stomach pain tried all OTC acid reflex meds

If : If you have tried all otc acid reflux meds, then likely you need to focus on your diet. Avoid all spicy foods, acidic foods, caffeine, chocolate. Also avoid NSAID such as advil, aspirin, ibuprofen. Finally schedule a visit with your primary care provider for a work up and a more effective treatment plan. Take care. ...Read more

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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 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

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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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Acid reducers for stomach pain effectivness?

Acid reducers for stomach pain effectivness?

Sometimes.: Depends on problem. If acid, yes. It could also be food sensitivity, allergies, lactose intolerance (dairy problem) too much food, gas, blockage of some sort, malabsorption, type of food, etc. Keep a food journal and see if you can identify if a particular type of food is the problem. Could be a gallbladder, liver, or pancreas problem as well. Best to have it evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Can Nexium (esomeprazole) cause nausea?

Can Nexium (esomeprazole) cause nausea?

Yes, and more...: ...But like any drug, it is important to know what pathology the drug is being used to treat (a better approach than just treating symptoms), and to decide if the benefits of the drug outweigh its side effects (realized and theoretical). ...Read more

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Does zofran (ondansetron) stop/prevent all nausea? I.e. reflux, medications, virus, etc.

Does zofran (ondansetron) stop/prevent all nausea? I.e. reflux, medications, virus, etc.

Great medicine: Zofran (ondansetron) is very safe works sensually, meaning via the central nervous system, and works on as far as I know, all types of nausea. Nausea that persists should be evaluated for other diseases that may be more serious than a simple minor gastrointestinal virus ...Read more

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Can Xanax (alprazolam) XR or Lexapro cause gerd? Was treated for sob & throat tightness w/ppis before due to gerd. Started new meds & symptoms are back + burning.

Can Xanax (alprazolam) XR or Lexapro cause gerd? Was treated for sob & throat tightness w/ppis before due to gerd. Started new meds & symptoms are back + burning.

Medication effects: I understand your distress. Side effect of Lexapro may be GERD and Anxiety which can cause GERD Side effect of Xanax (alprazolam) XR can be abdominal distress See Gastroenterologist for Diagnosis of reoccurrence of symptoms, new meds; and Treatment. Discuss with Psychiatrist: •Diagnosis •Benefits and side effects of Lexapro and Xanax (alprazolam) XR •Decreasing the dose •Therapy for stresses to develop coping skills ...Read more

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Wellbutrin4anxiety, lansoprazole4reflux, plaquenil4an ai. Ibs&gastroparisis. Elavil (amitriptyline) for nerve pain &zantac 4 nite gas bloat. Can i take melatonin?

Wellbutrin4anxiety, lansoprazole4reflux, plaquenil4an ai. Ibs&gastroparisis. Elavil (amitriptyline) for nerve pain &zantac 4 nite gas bloat. Can i take melatonin?

That is a lot of: Medications, plus alcohol. You should consult with your doctor or pharmacist to see if there are any interactions among the meds you already take. Adding melatonin would be complicating things even more. ...Read more

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Is Omeprazol a heartburn medication?

Omeprazol: Omeprazole (Prilosec OTC) is a Proton-Pump inhibitor. It can be used in the treatment of heartburn, ulcers, & gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). ...Read more

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Nexium (esomeprazole) bid + Zantac bid = still have reflux. No spicy food, seems like eating anything, or taking pills triggers. What could that be?

Nexium (esomeprazole) bid + Zantac bid = still have reflux. No spicy food, seems like eating anything, or taking pills triggers. What could that be?

Recalcitrant reflux: It sounds like you are having recalcitrant reflux, which means that you are still symptomatic in the face of maximal (and appropriate) medical therapy. The the thing to do is see your GI and undergo extensive testing- endoscopy, esophagus studies, ph studies. It is not normal to have such persistent reflux and can be dangerous to your tissues. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Indigestion (Definition)

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