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Dr. David Earle
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Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease( gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...Read more


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My friends's GERD is going from bad to worse. What can he do for relief?

My friends's GERD is going from bad to worse. What can he do for relief?

Medication: There are some easy solutions to help with gerd. If your friend is not on medication, they can try any over the counter meds to decrease acid. Also, the 3 common causes of gerd are caffiene, alcohol and nicotine. Try to eat early, and avoid coffee, alcohol and cigarettes. You could also elevate the head of the bed 4 inches. If nothing helps your friend, they should see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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How do I relieve the symptoms of GERD when I drink too much?

How do I relieve the symptoms of GERD when I drink too much?

How about a lot less: Alcohol (etoh) empties rapidly from the stomach. Alcohol dehydrogenase in the stomach lining contributes to etoh metabolism. Etoh can not be stored by the body & obligatory oxidation takes place predominantly in the liver. 1 gram etoh gives 7 empty calories that provide only energy with no nutritional value. Poor diet (protein-calorie, choline, folate (folic acid) deficiency) contributes to liver toxicity. ...Read more

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I take dexliant 60mg at night for gerd. I have flair ups and was wondering if it was ok to take maalox for faster relief when the flair ups happen.

Be observant: Maalox contains aluminum which can complex with phosphate. Plain calcium carbonate like tums or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) can both neutralize stomach acid. It is useful to determine what triggers flares and avoid the triggers. Sometimes doing moves to treat hiatal hernia prevents the need for anti-acids. Eating small frequent meals helps as well. ...Read more

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Can GERD cause chest discomfort? What are GERD symptoms? How to relieve it?

Yes: As gerd is gastro esophageal reflux, or excessive acids that are being produced in your stomach and refluxing, or coming up into your esophagus causing pain discomfort and burning. Lots more could be said but the short answer is see your gastroenterologist and get a proper diagnosis, find out the causes and then they can probably take care of it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Gerd for 7 mo; been on reddys 20-40mg omep; now on kremers brand. Does brand make a difference? Burning has gotten worse. What can I take for relief?

Gerd for 7 mo; been on  reddys 20-40mg omep; now on kremers brand. Does brand make a difference? Burning has gotten worse. What can I take for relief?

GERD: I hope you are doing the lifestyle changes too. Avoid food that give u heartburn like coffee, chocolate, alcohol, acid fruits & juices, spicy and fatty foods, sodas, large meals before bed; loose weight, exercise, avoid tight cloths, try eating smler meals 6 times a day. If symptoms continue even on protons inhibitors, you should consult a gastroenterologist to r/o h.Pylori by endoscopy. ...Read more

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Can frequent hiccups be due to acidity/GERD. What medicine can relieve.

Hiccups: Could well be. Other less likely things are problems with the diaphragm or belly or from medication side effects. I would check this out with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have GERD &take prilosec. I feel the need to eat often in the day to relieve the sickness i feel cause it helps. What can I do, i'm gaining weight?

I have GERD &take prilosec. I feel the need to eat often in the day to relieve the sickness i feel cause it helps. What can I do, i'm gaining weight?

Potential ulcer: If you have already been on Prilosec and still have nausea and need to eat you should consider the possibility of the presence of an ulcer or h. Pylori. Make sure you are not taking any nsaids like Aspirin or Ibuprofen and check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to take Prilosec in the morning and Zantac (ranitidine) at night for complete acid relief of GERD?

Is it recommended to take Prilosec in the morning and Zantac (ranitidine) at night for complete acid relief of GERD?

See your doctor.: If you are initially treating presumed acid reflux, Prilosec 20 mg once each morning about 20 minutes before eating any food is a good start. If it does not completely relieve your symptoms after two weeks, however, or if they recur after stopping the Prilosec, then I would seek out treatment long term through your family doctor. Anti-reflux measures are important too. Good luck. ...Read more