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Meds That Help Gerd
I have GERD how can I cure or control it without meds. I don't eat foods that aggravate it . I hate being on the meds for months at a time.
Tough: This is a very common problem without a great answer. Foods such as coffee, tea, peppermint, onions, garlic and carbonated beverages can worsen it. I would not eat anything 3 hours before you go to bed, keep the head of your bed up, and you may want to use sulcralfate, which is not absorbed and is totally safe. ...Read more
Calm your volcano: Time for change: *stop smoking. *avoid triggers: caffeine, chocolate [sorry!], alcohol, citrus, sour/acid foods, fatty/spicy foods, carbonated drinks, garlic, spearmint. *eat small meals. Sit down and eat slowly. *reduce stress. *after you eat, wait 2-3 hours before laying down. Get checked for h. Pylori germs, which can kick up the acid in your stomach. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What would be considered the best GERD med, prescription or otc? Personally i don't like perilosec.
I haven't taken the '-ozoles'@ years of gerd. Will sleeping elevated in my left side be enough or do I have to take the meds? Ali
The answer to your: Question requires the knowledge o how beat up your esophagus an stomach look. ...Read more
Not necessarily: With long term use of ppi's, may be worthwhile to check a B12 level after 10-15 yrs of use. Thereay be a rational to check a baseline magnesium level if you have diarrhea or other electrolyte problems. I would not take either supplement unless you knew you were deficient in either. ...Read more
Can you please list the most common homeopathic or alternative meds for gerd/acid reflux that are safe?
Over 400 possible: There are more than 400 homeopathic remedies known to include heartburn in their provings -- any of which could be the one you need. But each has its own qualities, and acid reflux is a chronic condition requiring an experienced homeopath to take your whole case before prescribing. You can find such homeopathic physicians through american institute of homeopathy: http://www.Homeopathyusa.Org/. ...Read more
After my med course for Gastric Esophagitis is done. Should i undergo an endoscopy again to make sure my issue is completely treated? (GERD)
ProbablyNotButMaybe: Generally it's a good idea for the doctor to have a look- see to make sure all is healed and nothing nasty remains. But, at your age it would be highly unlikely that you'd have developed anything nasty so the doctor may wait and see how it goes for several months or even years, especially if you have no more symptoms or medications take care of them over the long run. Also remember: healthy diet! ...Read more
At what point does a hiatal hernia need repair? Is it worth getting done because I've met my insur deductible? Also have GERD controlled by meds.
Repair likely needed: Presence of hiatal hernia along with GERD symptoms is a good enough reason to get it repaired however decision to perform a surgical intervention depends on many factors including overall health, endoscopy findings and results of other investigations. A timely evaluation by a surgeon with experience in laparoscopic repair is a good idea. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
3 weeks on rinitidine for gerd. Having pain around my liver area and diagnosed with fatty liver. Does rinitidine damage the liver? Better drug?
No...: Ranitidine is a common otc remedy for heartburn and indigestion. Like any drug it has side effects but fatty liver is not one of them. The RUQ pain you are having might be related to fatty liver if it is enlarged and swollen. Fatty liver is caused by a build-up of excess of fat in the normal liver cells and is most commonly caused by eating excess calories. ...Read more