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My GERD has been playing up lately, and I'm thinking of trying aloe vera tablets. Would this be safe with the medication I'm on?

My GERD has been playing up lately, and I'm thinking of trying aloe vera tablets. Would this be safe with the medication I'm on?

Think again...: Aloe is used in folk medicine for worm infestation, stomach disorders, colic, constipation, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, menstrual complaints, skin disorders. However, aloe is contraindicated in cases of intestinal obstruction, inflammatory bowel disease, appendicitis, & unexplained abdominal pain. If you have gerd use appropriate rx & diet, but if you question your "diagnosis" see your doctor. ...Read more

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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


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I have been diagnosed GERD & I get heartburns almost once a week. I usually take a Pantoprezole tablet then - is it safe to take it so often?

I have been diagnosed GERD & I get heartburns almost once a week. I usually take a Pantoprezole tablet then - is it safe to take it so often?

Talk to doc but: First you need to take the Pantoprazole 30-60 mins before your first meal of the day. There is also concern that chronic use of this type of drug increases the risk in getting pneumonia and possibly traveler's diarrhea.
If taken only when heartburn starts, then a Histamine 2 reverse agonist (Pepcid, Zantac) may be more appropriate. ...Read more

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I have GERD and have being having heartburn symptoms. I'm taking zantac (ranitidine) now daily and I still have heartburn. What medication is best for heartburn?

I have GERD and have being having heartburn symptoms. I'm taking zantac (ranitidine) now daily and I still have heartburn. What medication is best for heartburn?

PPI: Proton pump inhibitor. This class of medications typically works the best for reflux disease. It is advisable over to use this for about three months, and then try and wean yourself off and see how the symptoms are. Do this with the knowledge of your primary care provider. They might need to send you for more tests should medication fail. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I hv sliding hiatus hernia with gerd, esophagitis la grade b, duodanitis. I don't have any symptom now like heartburn etc. Does it mean, medication NT rqr?

I hv sliding hiatus hernia with gerd, esophagitis la grade b, duodanitis. I don't have any symptom now like heartburn etc. Does it mean, medication NT rqr?

Stay on meds: I would use anti-acid producing medication until you know the damage to your esophagus heals. This means another endoscopy. If the esophagitis comes back after healing and stopping meds, may need to consider an anti-reflux procedure which could be done endoscopically or surgically. Hope this helps, and you have a merry christmas! ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for gerd? I don't have heartburn but I have constant post nasal drip symptoms & asthma. Which medications should I take?

What is the best treatment for gerd? I don't have heartburn but I have constant post nasal drip symptoms & asthma. Which medications should I take?

GERD: Gerd and laryngopharnygeal reflux can be a significant trigger for asthma, see a specialist (allergist) familiar with both LPR and asthma if you pcp does not seem to understand this association or recommend appropriate or effective management. ...Read more

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I am experiencing heartburn (gerd), sore throat and throat tightness. I've been to several doctors with no real relief. I had an upper gi exam as well as an endoscopy, everything checked out good. Medication has little effect. Is surgery required?

I am experiencing heartburn (gerd), sore throat and throat tightness. I've been to several doctors with no real relief. I had an upper gi exam as well as an endoscopy, everything checked out good. Medication has little effect. Is surgery required?

Surgery: Don't know what modifiable risk factors you have GERD or what medications you have been taking. What did the doctors who evaluate you say? You wrote in to the medical education portion of health tap where we don't make diagnoses or provide treatment. ...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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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

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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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Is it a good idea to take medication for gerd?

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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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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Orig diagnosis was gerd, but the tablets or liquids don't work, pain just seems to be getting worse n worse, constantly feels like all food n liquid is stuck?

Orig diagnosis was gerd, but the tablets or liquids don't work, pain just seems to be getting worse n worse, constantly feels like all food n liquid is stuck?

Achalasia: You may have a problem called achalasia, where the nerves to the esophagus don't work properly to move food into the stomach. It takes special testing to diagnose the condition and there are effective treatments so it is worth finding a good GI specialist to evaluate you. ...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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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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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'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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Its been 3 months I'm taking Rabeprazole tablet 2 times a day for GERD. Felt a little better but has come back after missing to take the tablet for 15?

Its been 3 months I'm taking Rabeprazole tablet 2 times a day for GERD. Felt a little better but has come back after missing to take the tablet for 15?

Back on meds GI eval: Hi GKay
By using the medication a proton pump inhibitor you decrease the aciditiy in your stomach. This type of medication takes a week to do this. A quick acting product such as OTC liquid antacids decrease acid immediately. Go back on the meds and see a GI doctor to get a scope. There are other meds for long term use.
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I suffer from GERD. Can I take 150mgm Zantac (ranitidine) tablets once daily with no long term restrictions?

I suffer from GERD. Can I take 150mgm Zantac (ranitidine) tablets once daily with no long term restrictions?

GERD: Zantac or "ranitidine" is a good medication to treat GERD with and usually tolerated with little to no side effects. I have multiple patients on long term therapy who have had no problems. ...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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