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What is the reaction with antacids and hydrochloric acid in the stomach?

What is the reaction with antacids and hydrochloric acid in the stomach?

Depends on drug: Some drugs neutralize acid, e.g. Maalox; others such as Nexium (esomeprazole) inhibit production of gastric acid. ...Read more

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How strong is the acid in acid-reflux?

How strong is the acid in acid-reflux?

Strong: The stomach acid is strong. It is mostly hydrochloric acid and potassium and sodium chloride. It has a ph of 1.5 to 3.5. ...Read more

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What is the difference in heartburn and acid reflux?

What is the difference in heartburn and acid reflux?

See below: Acid reflux is one cause of heart burn. The latter is a symptom. You may consult this site for information in this topic: http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/reflux-disease-gerd-1#1 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if throughout digestion, hydrochloric acid (hcl) lowers the stomach's pH and this causes the enzyme?

Can you tell me if throughout digestion, hydrochloric acid (hcl) lowers the stomach's pH and this causes the enzyme?

Can you clarify?: The stomach ordinarily produces HCl lowering the pH and it is at this pH that the stomach enzymes work best. Further down, other enzymes are present that work at neutral pH. The stomach's acidity is largely about removing calcium from bits of bone. Does this answer your question? Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if throughout digestion, hydrochloric acid (hcl) lowers the stomachs pH and this causes the enzyme?

Can you tell me if throughout digestion, hydrochloric acid (hcl) lowers the stomachs pH and this causes the enzyme?

Stomach vs.gut: The environment in stomach is acidic and stomach enzymes work better at low pH. The environment in intestine is alkaline and the pancreatic and intestinal enzymes work better at higher pH. ...Read more

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Do Tums (calcium carbonate) cause indigestion due to lowering stomach pH ? Does this stop the release of enzymes in the small intestine b/c thechyme isn't acidic enough?

Do Tums (calcium carbonate) cause indigestion due to lowering stomach pH ?  Does this stop the release of enzymes in the small intestine b/c thechyme isn't acidic enough?

Not that way: Tums (calcium carbonate) act as antacid (for the acid already made), and will raise stomach ph. Small intestine is alkaline not acidic. Tums can cause constipation (all calcium supps can), gassiness, bloat, calcium carbonate can increase risk for kidney stones (calcium citrate won't-as much). Calcium also stimulates stomach to produce more acid. ...Read more

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Is there a way to increase amt of hydrochloric acid or bile I produce?

Is there a way to increase amt of hydrochloric acid or bile I produce?

Why?: Why would you want to do that? Excessive production of acid is a cause of peptic ulcers, and I do not know of any way to increase bile production. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism by which probiotics get past the stomach acid into your intestines

What is the mechanism by which probiotics get past the stomach acid into your intestines

Most won't unless: Timed release. You need a product that can withstand the harsh environment of stomach acid. Stomach acid will kill a high percentage of probiotic bacteria. Thus, if it needs to take action further down in the GI tract, a timed released formulation may be most beneficial. ...Read more

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Is the the stomach more or less acidic after a meal? The stomach makes acid to aid digestion, but then food buffers acid. I'm confused.

Is the the stomach more or less acidic after a meal? The stomach makes acid to aid digestion, but then food buffers acid. I'm confused.

Good question: The acidity is maximum as you start eating, when all the acid pumps are triggered by smell of food, chewing, etc. Food may or may not buffer the acid, based on the food acidity. The acid pumps are then turned down as the stomach fills up. In other words the acidity is max when we start eating and minimum after a meal. Or it should be. ...Read more

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Are there changes in my diet that would help acid reflux?

Are there changes in my diet that would help acid reflux?

Yes: Avoid large meals, fatty meals, caffeine, salads, peppermint, chocolate, tomatoes/tomato sauce, spicy foods and alcohol. ...Read more

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Help docs, is hydraulic acid the same as hydrochloric acid?

Help docs, is hydraulic acid the same as hydrochloric acid?

Why do you ask?: There's no such thing as hydraulic acid. Hydrochloric acid is a powerful reagent that you meet in chemistry class. Hyaluronic acid is a big molecule that provides a jelly-like material that's important for some of your connective tissues. ...Read more

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Can rosacea be caused by a deficiency of hydrochloric acid in the stomach?

Can rosacea be caused by a deficiency of hydrochloric acid in the stomach?

Rosacea: While the exact cause of rosacea has not been absolutely defined, there were some lines of thought related to h. Pylori and gastrin in the stomach. These have not been found to hold up to testing. ...Read more

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Is bile the same as stomach acid when a person has the dry heaves or stomach acid?

Is bile the same as stomach acid when a person has the  dry heaves or stomach acid?

No, different source: Bile is a fluid produced in the biliary tree in the liver, whereas stomach acid is the fluid produced in your stomach to assist with digestion. Dry heaves can be elicited by both acid reflux as well as gallbladder disease. Bile has a bitter taste while acid reflux is sour or acid. In any case get evaluated by your doctor to determine the source of your symptoms ...Read more

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When is stomach pH highest and why is it recommended to take nsaids with food if food in stomach actually triggers acid production? Thanks!

When is stomach pH highest and why is it recommended to take nsaids with food if food in stomach actually triggers acid production?    Thanks!

Gastric pH: Remember now on the pH scale, low pH is more acid, high pH is more alkaline. Your stomach is always an acidic environment but when more gastric fluid contents are elaborated the pH may be lower. When it is recommended to take medicine with food it is because it coats your stomach and can protect from the direct interaction of dissolved pharmaceuticals with the gastric mucosa. Talk w/pharmacist plz ...Read more

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Is reflux not damaging when one is on prilosec? Does the lack of stomach acid make the backflow into the esophagus not damaging?

Is reflux not damaging when one is on prilosec? Does the lack of stomach acid make the backflow into the esophagus not damaging?

Less damaging: taking medication that reduced the acid in the stomach will minimize any damages to the esophagus when the gastric content reflux up into the esophagus, but does not eliminated. the medication will reduced the amount of acid but not all the acid, and if the medication did neutralized completely the acid in the stomach, it might turn alkaline. that why patient need to be monitored by endoscopy. ...Read more

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Can there be any difference between g.E.R.D, heartburn, and acid reflux?

Can there be any difference between g.E.R.D, heartburn, and acid reflux?

Reflux: Gerd or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a disease where the valve between the esophagus and stomach doesn't stay closed. This allows stomach content to enter the esophagus. When acid enters, it can be painful. This is heartburn. ...Read more

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How does the hydrochloric acid in your stomach not burn you?

How does the hydrochloric acid in your stomach not burn you?

Protection: The stomach has several layers of protection against the acid made in the stomach. Some of these layers of protection can be reduced from medications (nsaids) or infections (h pylori) which can lead to ulcers. ...Read more