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How long can acid reflux last?

How long can acid reflux last?

It depends: As to an immediate episode, it lasts until the acid is neutralized or clearer from the esophagus. Use water and an antacid. As to the condition, more long term control measures are needed...Daily proton pump inhibitors (meds), diet control, sleeping techniques (head elevated), possibly surgery to correct a stomach valve issue?
For immediate relief, use water and antacid. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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How long can acid reflux symptoms last? I've had them for about 6 days now.

How long can acid reflux symptoms last? I've had them for about 6 days now.

Symptoms can last: For awhile if acid reflux is untreated and there are no changes to your diet. If you have acid reflux, you can use an over the counter antacid (e.g., Tums), acid blocker (e.g., Pepcid or Tagamet) or a proton-pump inhibitor (e.g., Prevacid (lansoprazole) or Nexium) to help but you also need to cut out the causes - e.g., spicy, tobacco, caffeine, etc. If none of this works, see your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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How long does acid reflux last?

How long does acid reflux last?

Depends: On the causes. If you are being treated. Are you changing your diet. Behavior modification. Talk to your doctor about how you can help treat this. As well as educate you on the problem ...Read more

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How long does a single episode of acid reflux last?

How long does a single episode of acid reflux last?

It=disease=always.: Until treated this will be a long term problem. U may help a single episode with a liguid antacid, but 4 the long term u need eval and med rx. A lot is available, so c ur GI specialist 4 eval, test, & rx. ...Read more

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On average, how long will acid reflux last with an infant?

On average, how long will acid reflux last with an infant?

Symptoms: Acid reflux is actually part of every day life for all of us. Infants often peak in their symptoms around 3-5 mo and become less so as the begin to sit/stand/walk. The fact that they are not laying down begins to decrease their reflux symptom intensity. Most come off acid reducers gradually but may revisit the issue occasionally in childhood or their teens. Diet & behavior have a lot of impact. ...Read more

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How long can a cough last with acid reflux can it last for months?

Long time.: The cough will last as long as the acidity is rising high enough to trigger the cough. Treat the esophageal problem and the cough will go away after a week to a month. ...Read more

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Is GERD basically just acid reflux that lasts a long time?

Is GERD basically just acid reflux that lasts a long time?

Essentially, yes.: Most people experience heartburn on an infrequent basis. People with Gerd experience it frequently. If you have frequent heartburn, you may need to follow anti-reflux measures and perhaps take medication to keep it under control. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's more effective for acid reflux, 300mg of ranitidine or 20mg of famotidine? Which one is likely to last longer, the effects?

What's more effective for acid reflux, 300mg of ranitidine or 20mg of famotidine? Which one is likely to last longer, the effects?

About the same: Ranitidine and Famotidine are h2 receptor antagonists, and their efficacy at reducing acid and relieving reflux symptoms are about the same. For more long lasting relief, a proton pump inhibitor, such as omeprazole, would be a better choice. ...Read more

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I just started taking a PPI for acid reflux. I read an article last year that long term use of PPIs can cause chronic kidney disease. Is this true?

I just started taking a PPI for acid reflux. I read an article last year that long term use of PPIs can cause chronic kidney disease. Is this true?

You may be: Right. If your doctor prescribes long term PPI use for you, then you should take it as prescribed. However, it is best to have your kidney function checked at least once or twice a year to make sure that you are not one of the very few people with this adverse effect. Here is a good article to read: http://www. Gastro. Org/info_for_patients/gerd-107-long-term-use-of-proton-pump-inhibitors-ppis ...Read more

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I have a sore tongue that I am pretty sure is from acid reflux. Am on 40mg protonix (pantoprazole) and 300mg gabapentin and low acid diet. How long will this last.

Sore tongue: Your "sore tongue" is not related to your acid reflux, if in fact you have this condition. Are you self medicating with OTC protonix (pantoprazole) and Ranitidine? It is unnecessary to take both. Why are you on Gabapentin? I don't see anything under conditions that supports that prescription unless you have been diagnosed with "neuralgia" or seizures. Tongue pain is worrisome for cancer if h/o to and alcohol. ...Read more

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How long does this discomfort in my throat/tongue/under my chin will last due to acid reflux? 1 month and a half taking omeprazole with slight relief.

How long does this discomfort in my throat/tongue/under my chin will last due to acid reflux? 1 month and a half taking omeprazole with slight relief.

Another cause?: Usually throat and laryngeal reflux symptoms will show improvement after a month of treatment. If you aren't much better by now then seek another opinion. The location of your discomfort is unusual for reflux. ...Read more

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Burning in throat & feels like something is there when I swallow & bitter taste in mouth. Has lasted for 4 days. Can acid reflux to last this long? N

Burning in throat & feels like something is there when I swallow & bitter taste in mouth. Has lasted for 4 days. Can acid reflux to last this long? N

Maybe, but...: Could also be some other cause for the symptoms. One's doctor can check. Throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). ...Read more

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My eight year old daughter has been having stomach pain for one month. Today she threw up. She's had gas, bloating, nasia and acid reflux. Can virus last this long? Any way to cure virus?

My eight year old daughter has been having stomach pain for one month. Today she threw up. She's had gas, bloating, nasia and acid reflux. Can virus last this long? Any way to cure virus?

Unlikely virus: One month of abdominal symptoms is a little longer than one would expect from a virus alone. Abdominal discomfort can be from a lot of causes like constipation, stomach infection with H. Pylori, acid reflux, irritable bowel, celiac disease, or IBD. Try her on a natural organic diet rich in fiber and fluids. Also try probiotics. If not helping in a few days, see a specialist. ...Read more

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For 2 days feels like there's a lump in throat & it burns. Burping & sometime bitter taste in mouth. Antacids don't help-can acid reflux last this long?

For 2 days feels like there's a lump in throat & it burns. Burping & sometime bitter taste in mouth. Antacids don't help-can acid reflux last this long?

Possible LERD: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation) = lerd. Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, cough, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, & even a higher risk of throat cancer. May however not be reflux so please get yourself checked. ...Read more

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How much time does acid reflux last?

How much time does acid reflux last?

Minutes to years: "Los Angeles classification" is the most widely used system to describe endoscopic appearance of reflux esophagitis &grade its severity. Reflux can be episodic, progressive & recurrent, as well as atypical (laryngopharygneal reflux), even silent. Both acid & nonacid material can variably reflux. ...Read more

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How long is normal to have acid reflux?

Possibly forever: Reflux is a natural event where stomach contents bubble up into the lover esophagus. Belching/burping are a dry form of reflux. It is when the acid backwash produces symptoms that people feel the pain & get the disease label.Nicotine, caffeine & laying down after eating aggravate the process. Avoiding those helps it. Medications can help for a while but changing lifestyle choices helps more. ...Read more

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How long does acid reflux take to treat?

Depends: If these are few and far between, then an over-the-counter antacid like Tums or Pepcid (famotidine) ac will work within an hour. However, if you have daily episodes of acid reflux, you are better of taking a medication such a Prilosec daily (which may take 1-2 days to take effect however). ...Read more

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How long does it typically take acid reflux to go away?

Depends: Acid reflux tends to be a chronic recurrent problem. Each persons treatment varies on the frequency and severity of their symptoms. I do warn my patients to know the symptoms may not go away, or if they do that the symptoms may come back. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for acid reflux to go away?

Depends: When the cause is gone, so will the symptoms be gone. Medications, illnesses, posture, obesity and diet, will need to be addressed. Massage for any chest wall pain can help reflux. Ask yourself when it began, and seek help to overcome the problems involved. Long term symptom control with medications may have adverse side effects on your bones so be careful. ...Read more

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Long term affects of acid reflux? Will acid go farther and farther up?

GERD is progressive: Chronic exposure of stomach contents to your esophagus can lead to progressive inflammation in the form of erosions, ulcers, strictures (that get narrower as the scar tissue involved contracts) that trap food, barrett's esophagus (intestinalized tissue), & ultimately esophageal adenocarcinoma. Also may see laryngitis, airway irritability, asthma, chronic sinusitis, ear clicking. Get evaluated & rx. ...Read more

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Can you die from acid reflux? If so how long does it take to die from it?

No, not really: Acid reflux is a chronic/life long disorder. It is rare to die due to it. That only happens if you developed more complications like cancer of the esophagus which is one of the complications that can occur after 20+ years of uncontrolled acid reflux but it is rare. ...Read more

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I recently had an esophaectomy.....I was advised I would no longer suffer with acid reflux. I still suffer..... Is this uncommon?

I recently had an esophaectomy.....I was advised I would no longer suffer with acid reflux. I still suffer..... Is this uncommon?

Different: Technically you cannot have gastroesphageal reflux as the esophagus was removed. It is likely that you are experiencing symptoms from the stomach being brought up after removing the esophagus. The acid of the stomach can still reach the upper throat (pharynx) and may cause symptoms including the feeling of swallowing difficulties. ...Read more

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I have had acid reflux nearly 4 years now. It is clearing up slowly. My question, how long should it take the barrett's syndrome damage to heal up.

Maybe never: Once barrets disease is found, it is rare to reverse. However, proton pump inhibiitors like Omeprazole and Nexium (esomeprazole) may delay progression of barrets disease to esophageal cancer. Rf ablation can be used to destroy barrets tissue. ...Read more

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What are some long term effects of untreated acid reflux?

Ulcer: Untreated reflux can cause ulceration of esophagus, stricture of esophagus, barrett's esohagus that can even turn into cancer. ...Read more

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With acid reflux does it take a long time for your food to digest?

Not necessarily: In general fatty foods take longer to digest with or without acid reflux. However, you do need to get treatment for acid reflux as it can have many unpleasant consequences. ...Read more

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How long should I stay on pantoprazole 40. Mg to cure my acid reflux?

How long should I stay on pantoprazole 40. Mg to cure my acid reflux?

Not a cure: The medication just manages the problem and does not cure acid reflux life style changes (quit smoking, cut out alcohol and caffeine, do not overeat, do not lay down within 2 hours of laying down, loose weight. ....) can decrease acid reflux. ...Read more

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Constant acid reflux and has trapped in my chest, it's lasted 2 days now! What is this? How to stop it?

Some tips: Without knowing more history and seeing exams it may well be a hiatal hernia with reflux. (gerd) if these tips do not help see md.

Eat small meals with snacks. Drink less fluids with meals, more between meals, lie with head elevated. Lose weight reduce straining possibly with stool softeners and reduced lifting.

Use anti-acids and a good one for reflux is Gaviscon taken as directed. ...Read more

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How long can it take for iron to leave the system? After stopping the iron for 2 months but still getting acid reflux

Acid reflux: If you're reflux was related to iron tablets then 6 to 8 weeks is sufficient time to get relief from the symptoms. If symptoms persisted upper G.I. consult will be necessary ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more