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How to prevent heartburn?

How to prevent heartburn?

Lifestyle measures.: Smaller more frequent meals. Elevate head of bed from the floor. Don't eat within four hours of going to bed. Limit citrus fruits, chocolate, caffeine, tomato products, smoking and peppermint. Lose weight if you're overweight. OTC meds like Prevacid, Prilosec and AcipHex (rabeprazole). ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent heartburn?

Is there a way to prevent heartburn?

Not necessarily: Heartburn is the common term for gastroesophageal reflux. Reflux describes the passage of stomach contents up into the swallowing tube and throat. When it causes burning, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness or lung issues, we call it reflux disease, or gerd. Avoid fatty foods, caffeine, and chocolate. Acid suppressing medications may be needed when diet alone is not enough to control your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there a natural way to prevent heartburn?

Is there a natural way to prevent heartburn?

Yes: Heartburn is often brought on by eating acidic foods. These include orange juice, tomatoes. Chocolate and alcohol can also trigger heartburn. By avoiding these foods and avoiding smoking, one would get a lot less heartburn. ...Read more

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What are some good foods to prevent heartburn?

What are some good foods to prevent heartburn?

Lifestyle measures.: Smaller more frequent meals. Elevate head of bed from the floor. Don't eat within four hours of going to bed. Limit citrus fruits, chocolate, caffeine, tomato products, smoking and peppermint. Lose weight if you're overweight. ...Read more

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I get bad heartburn from italian food. Is there anything i can do to prevent this? Italian food is my favorite food.

I get bad heartburn from italian food. Is there anything i can do to prevent this? Italian food is my favorite food.

How much volume: Of food do you eat at one time. I know that i tend to overeat when i love what I am eating. Try eating more slowly - ; watch your portion control. These are just a couple of common sense tips. Take care. ...Read more

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My uncle coughs every night until he pukes and he takes all kinds of heartburn med to prevent it but it still happens. What is the problem? Hes 50+.

My uncle coughs every night until he pukes and he takes all kinds of heartburn med to prevent it but it still happens. What is the problem? Hes 50+.

Evaluation will tell: A consult with a GI doc is in order of course. Only medical evaluagtion can determine a cause. As with most medical conditions, if its not getting beter with treatment, go back to the doctor and let them know. Some otc heartburn meds when taken excessively or long times can actually produce more complaints and problems - so knowing medication, history and doing an exam is the first step to help. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I do to prevent and/or get rid of heartburn?

Please tell me what can I do to prevent and/or get rid of heartburn?

Lifestyle Changed: Weight loss is the most effective prevention. Do not eat meals within 4 hours of bedtime. Avoid overly tight belts or clothing. Raise the head of your bed at least 3 inches. Using multiple pillows to prop your head up at night can actually increase pressure on your abdomen and worsen heartburn. Avoid coffee and caffeinated beverages. ...Read more

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Could there be a home remedy for heartburn prevention?

Could there be a home remedy for heartburn prevention?

No: There are a variety of very effective over the counter treatments for heartburn currently available, including medications which were only available by prescription previously. The homeopathic treatmetnts for heartburn seem to be only selectively beneficial. ...Read more

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Is there a home remedy for long term heartburn prevention?

Is there a home remedy for long term heartburn prevention?

Prevent/control GERD: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, zegerid). See a GI doctor if persistent. ...Read more

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How many pills of ranitidine are good for heartburn prevention?

How many pills of ranitidine are good for heartburn prevention?

Dose of ranitidine: Either 150 mgm tab twice a day, or 300 mgm tab once a day. ...Read more

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Small hiatus hernia. No GERD, heartburn. What are the chances of this gettin bigger with time and give me symptoms ? Anything to do to prevent HH? Ty

Small hiatus hernia. No GERD, heartburn. What are the chances of this gettin bigger with time and give me symptoms ? Anything to do to prevent HH? Ty

May not be a problem: Many people have hiatal hernias without ever having problems. Anything that increases your intraabdominal pressure a lot, such as doing strenuous activity or coughing a lot, or obesity, can cause the hernia to get bigger. Decreasing those activities will reduce your risk of symptoms. Once you have the hernia, you can't prevent it. It won't resolve on its own. ...Read more

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If a person with gerd has heartburn everyday and he takes zantac as needed within 5 minutes everytime when the burn is felt but does not take zantac or ppi everyday otherwise at regular intervals. Is as needed use enough to prevent esophagitis?

If a person with gerd has heartburn everyday and he takes zantac as needed within 5 minutes everytime when the burn is felt but does not take zantac or ppi everyday otherwise at regular intervals. Is as needed use enough to prevent esophagitis?

Heartburn: This is a good question.
If you are having heartburn every day and needing zantac at least once daily, then I think you should take ex Nexium or Prilosec daily instead for 2 months, then go back to as needed to see if you have improvement/less need for zantac. If not, see your PCP. ...Read more

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Some prescriptions mention taking the medication with food to prevent stomach upset. How much food exactly and what are some good food options for taking with those meds?

Some prescriptions mention taking the medication with food to prevent stomach upset. How much food exactly and what are some good food options for taking with those meds?

It depends...: ...on the particular drug. For most medications, food makes little difference. For others, food interferes with drug absorption, and for a few, taking with food increases absorption, or protects against stomach upset caused by the drug. If it’s important one way or the other, usually there will be instructions or warning on the prescription label. If uncertain, ask the pharmacist. ...Read more

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I've had mild indigestion 3-4 times in the last week. What am i doing wrong? How can I prevent? Is there something more serious i need to worry about?

I've had mild indigestion 3-4 times in the last week. What am i doing wrong? How can I prevent? Is there something more serious i need to worry about?

Food allergies/acid: A lot of processed foods we eat causes heartburn, especially spicy foods and caffeine cause trouble with the valve between your esophagus and stomach. Others have food allergies or intolerance to for example lactose (milk products), or often these days, gluten. Watch your diet and see what foods cause trouble, then eliminate them from your diet if possible or substitute them. See your doc if worse. ...Read more

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Can Tums help prevent ulcers from forming when taking nsaids, or do they just reduce indigestion?

Can Tums help prevent ulcers from forming when taking nsaids, or do they just reduce indigestion?

No benefit here.: Tums will not prevent ulcers related to NSAID ingestion. The PPI class of medication would serve you best in that regard. ...Read more

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How do I prevent heartburn?

How do I prevent heartburn?

Diet, lifestyle, Rx: Dietary changes such as minimizing large meals, fatty or acidic foods, losing weight if obese and not eating near bedtime. If symptoms persist then try an otc medication. ...Read more

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I get heartburn from Italian food and chocolate, which are two of my favorite foods. Is there anyway I can prevent heartburn so I can eat these foods?

I get heartburn from Italian food and chocolate, which are two of my favorite foods. Is there anyway I can prevent heartburn so I can eat these foods?

Medication: There are various medication for heartburn. Trial of any of these medication prior to your favorite foods may help reduce your heartburn symptom. Good health. ...Read more

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