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Heartburn Tablet Medication
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
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
I have GERD and have being having heartburn symptoms. im 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Took calcium citrate (2 tablets for 500mcg twice daily). horrible heartburn. take ppi's and have GERD and hernia. possible? what to take instead?
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?
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 ?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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