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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Antacid (Definition)

Antacids are a kind of anti-ulcer drug (gastroenterology drug, common ...Read more


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Pressure on chest right in the middle. Have taken antacids but didn't work?

Pressure on chest right in the middle. Have taken antacids but didn't work?

Chest pain: If you have taken antacids, you need to see a physician to evaluate the condition. Chest pain at your age could be many things from muscular, joints, acid reflux and also heart issues. ...Read more

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What causes my stomach to gurgle and gas when I lay down. Taking pantaloc doesn't seem to work. I take some antacid at night. What can I do?

What causes my stomach to gurgle and gas when I lay down. Taking pantaloc doesn't seem to work. I take some antacid at night. What can I do?

Probiotics: Try taking a probiotic supplement and looking at your diet. There are many foods that cause excessive gas - beans, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, chewing gum, milk products. See this website: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/gas-and-gas-pains/in-depth/gas-and-gas-pains/art-20044739 ...Read more

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Diagnosed with gastritis. Can't take ppis or h2blockers due to side effects. Will Tums (calcium carbonate) or another antacid work as well? Thank you.

Diagnosed with gastritis. Can't take ppis or h2blockers due to side effects. Will Tums (calcium carbonate) or another antacid work as well? Thank you.

Yes: How was the diagnosis made? Depending on presence of h pylori or not, you may need in addition antibiotics. Avoid nsaids and smoking. The brief diagnosis use of protons inhibitors or h2 blockers are relatively safe. ...Read more

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I've taken every antacid med ppis, h2s, tums, maalox, aciphex (rabeprazole) on now. Nothing has helped my reflux; Except one day I figured out that Benadryl works. Why?

I've taken every antacid med ppis, h2s, tums, maalox, aciphex (rabeprazole) on now. Nothing has helped my reflux; Except one day I figured out that Benadryl works. Why?

Histamine receptors: Are of different types, H1, blocked by antihistamines and are responsible for allergic reactions, H2 are responsible for gastric acid secretions, also H3 receptors found in the CNS, . Whether benadryl (diphenhydramine) worked and blocked the histamine receptors in your stomach, or you may be having another problem, that's yet to be found. Good that you had a remedy for now, tell your gastroenterologist about it ...Read more

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pain in my chest where my stomach and rib cage are. Feels like something is stuck in my stomach I took antacids but doesn't work burping all day long?

pain in my chest where my stomach and rib cage are. Feels like something is stuck in my stomach I took antacids but doesn't work burping all day long?

Time to see Dr.: Since you have tried the OTC meds and I assume are watching your diet, it is time to see the Dr. You may have worsening GERD, a Hiatal hernia, an ulcer issues, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hi I keep waking up with a dry mouth and headache and body aches but my roommate says I'm not snoring. I have acid reflux but antacids don't work! ?

Hi I keep waking up with a dry mouth and headache and body aches but my roommate says I'm not snoring. I have acid reflux but antacids don't work! ?

Talk to sleep doctor: Those symptoms may indicate some type of sleep disordered breathing such as apnea or upper airway resistance syndrome. A consult with a sleep physician would be a good place to start. ...Read more

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Get indigestion acid vapour in neck when lying in bed PPI and Antacid don't work.1 specimen stool test trivial Trace blood in result Dr said its Normal?

Get indigestion acid vapour in neck when lying in bed PPI and Antacid don't work.1 specimen stool test trivial Trace blood in result Dr said its Normal?

True: Particularly depending on the method of testing stool for blood, it can be normal to have a sma.ll positive. However, it is tested for a reason and should not be ignored. Indigestion that does not improve with medicine needs to be evaluated with endoscopy to look for inflammation or lesions. Be sure to avoid nsaids and talk to your doctor also about ruling out H. pylori infection. ...Read more

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I feel like I have a burning lump of fire stuck in my chest and throat. No antacid medication works! The burning gets worse and then my shoulder hurts?

I feel like I have a burning lump of fire stuck in my chest and throat. No antacid medication works! The burning gets worse and then my shoulder hurts?

Chest Fire: You need to consult with the doctors in the Emergency room and get this sorted out but you need to be seen. Good luck. ...Read more

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Feels like acid is sitting in the back of throat for 3 days. Sour taste in mouth, throat is sore & lump in throat when I swallow. Antacids didn't work?

Feels like acid is sitting in the back of throat for 3 days. Sour taste in mouth, throat is sore & lump in throat when I swallow. Antacids didn't work?

Sounds like: GERD symptoms. You can try OTC meds such as Prilosec or Nexium (esomeprazole) (PPI class of drugs). If this does not work or if it recurs even after working for a short time, you should consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it unhealthy to use antacids?

Is it unhealthy to use antacids?

Antacids: If use on prn (as needed) basis & not exceeding recommended daily dose, no problem. ...Read more

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What are the best antacid medications?

Depends on…: Frequency & severity of symptoms: mild, occasional heartburn can be relieved by otc antacids (tums/rolaids/mylanta/gaviscon). More frequent/severe may require otc h2 acid blocker (zantac/axid/tagamet/pepcid). Severe/frequent symptoms: try otc/rx ppi (prilosec/prevacid/protonix). Dietary changes help, too: no caffeine/soda, fried/fatty foods, spicy foods, onions, acidic foods (tomatoes, lemon, lime. ...Read more

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What are some well-known antacid brands?

What are some well-known antacid brands?

Calcium carbonate?: Calcium carbonate ie Tums (calcium carbonate) is a common one. It's good for quick relief. And you get calcium! ...Read more

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Is it ill-advised to use antacids too often?

Is it ill-advised to use antacids too often?

GI problem: If you have to take antiacids frequently- that means you may have significant problems with your stomach and you may need to see a GI specialist. Talk to your primary care doctor who can refer you to see GI doctor. In addition, taking too much antiacid may block absorption certain nutrients including iron from food. You may have iron deficiency anemia and that can make you feel tired ...Read more

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What does an antacid tablet do to relieve acidity?

What does an antacid tablet do to relieve acidity?

Depends: On what kind. The most common, ppis, like prilosec, inhibit acid release from the stomach cells. There are serious side effects though! ...Read more

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What is bid antacid trial to be taken for one month?

Reflux treatment: Means you like have acid reflux and your doctor wants you to take antacids twice daily for one month to see if this helps. This usually refers to proton pump inhibitors (e.g. Omperazole, lansoprazole), but could also refer to h2 receptor blockers (w.G.Peptic, zantac). Both can be obtained otc or by rx. ...Read more

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What ingredients should I look for in a good antacid?

What ingredients should I look for in a good antacid?

Antacids: The most common ingredients in good antacids are calcium carbonate, aluminum hydroxide and my Magnesium hydroxide. There are many others that work well also, however. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tums (Definition)

Tums is a mineral which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more