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Doctor insights on: Meds That Worsen Gerd

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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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Are there any medications that can make GERD worse?

Are there any medications that can make GERD worse?

Yes: Gerd can be exacerbated by many different drugs, including anticholinergics, beta blockers, bronchodilators used for asthma, calcium channel blockers, Dopamine agonists, sedatives, and tricyclic anti-depressants. It is best to talk with your physician if you are on other medications to see if they may cause your gerd symptoms to worsen. ...Read more

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Is it true that ppl who have GERD are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression, despite being on GERD meds such as ppis & antiemetics?

Is it true that ppl who have GERD are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression, despite being on GERD meds such as ppis & antiemetics?

Stress causes all!: We don't know which may cause the other but they do frequently occur in the same patients. Anxiety may lead to gerd and not being able to get either controlled can lead to depression. However, each often occurs alone so it isn't a clear case of any one of the 3 causing the other. That said, large amounts of stress can cause any one or all three. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with gerd , taking PPI that relieves symptoms but will this prevent damage to oesophagus and thus Barrett's. Thanks?

Diagnosed with gerd , taking PPI that relieves symptoms but will this prevent damage to oesophagus and thus Barrett's. Thanks?

Ppi: I believe the answer is yes to both questions. However a gastroenterologist is best qualified to tell you how long to take ppi medication as well as answer your 2 questions. ...Read more

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When I have severe acid reflux, my prescription pain meds do not work. Can excessive acid cause certain meds to be less potent?

When I have severe acid reflux, my prescription pain meds do not work. Can excessive acid cause certain meds to be less potent?

Antacids: Prescription antacids may not always work. Also, many prescription antacids don't work well as an, 'as needed' medication since they can take many hours before they start to work. If you are on daily omeprazole, watching your eating habits, but are still getting severe reflux then see your doctor or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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If you have asthma, copd, bronchospasm can benzos aggravate the condition?

If you have asthma, copd, bronchospasm can benzos aggravate the condition?

No, but don't help: Benzos won't exacerbate the underlying medical condition, but because they tend to cause suppression of the respiratory center in the brain, they can make it harder for your body to respond optimally to it's internal compensatory mechanisms as well as to to medications. ...Read more

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Do medications with anticholinergic properties improve or worsen symptoms of hypothyroidism?

Do medications with anticholinergic properties improve or worsen symptoms of hypothyroidism?

Complicated: You see, most medications in clinical medicine have anti-cholinergic effects, and this may help several conditions by design. However, pts with cognitive problems, such as alzheimer's, might have decreases in acetylcholine, which might result in worsening with such meds. Typically, not really a major problem in hypothyroidism, especially if treated with thyroid meds. ...Read more

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Taking Omeprazole for acid reflux but suffer Vit.B defiency as result. Are there any alternative PPIs? Can dietary change alone manage the condition?

Taking Omeprazole for acid reflux but suffer Vit.B defiency as result. Are there any alternative PPIs? Can dietary change alone manage the condition?

Vitamine B and PPI: PPIs such as Omeprazole only impair the absorption of protein bound Vitamin B12 from animal derived dietary sources therefore the use of free or unbound Vitamin B12 are not affected and can be safely used safely used to correct the Vitamin B12 deficiency especially if you cannot stop taking the PPI. B12 def. can cause macrocytic anemia, hyperhomocysteinemia and/or neutropathies. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause acid reflux? I have tried ppis, h2 blockers, Gaviscon advance and lifestyle/diet changes for months; no effect from these.

Can anxiety cause acid reflux? I have tried ppis, h2 blockers, Gaviscon advance and lifestyle/diet changes for months; no effect from these.

GERD & Infections: The number one cause of ulcers and heartburn in many cultures is infection with a bug known as h. Pylori. Your doctor should be testing you for this infection. ...Read more

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OTC meds for wisdom tooth pain that would not worsen wheezing and breathlessness like aspirin and ibuprofen do?

OTC meds for wisdom tooth pain that would not worsen wheezing and breathlessness like aspirin and ibuprofen do?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin: For minimal or moderate pain, Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin may be effective and recommended. Motrin - maximum dose is 2400 mg per day, which can be taken as two 200 mg tablets every 4 hours, or three 200 mg tablets (600mg) every 6 hours, or four 200 mg tablets (800mg) every 8 hours. Tylenol (acetaminophen) - max dose 4000 mg/day. Alternate with the prescription pain medication like Vicodin. Take care. ...Read more

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Non acidic reflux with normal manometery also gastroperosis what will work doc prescribed PPI and levosulpride hw PPI work if one have non acidic ref?

Non acidic reflux with normal manometery also gastroperosis what will work doc prescribed PPI and levosulpride  hw PPI work if one have non acidic ref?

See answer: Sometimes PPI's can help. One reason is that "non-acid" is defined as pH >4. The range of pH from 4-7 is actually weakly acidic but usually doesn't cause symptoms. Some patients with "non-acid" GERD have a hypersensitive esophagus lining and get symptoms of esophagitis. Gastroparesis complicates the picture and will contribute to reflux. For approaches to treatment of non-acid Gerd **see comments ...Read more

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Can Xanax (alprazolam) XR or Lexapro cause gerd? Was treated for sob & throat tightness w/ppis before due to gerd. Started new meds & symptoms are back + burning.

Can Xanax (alprazolam) XR or Lexapro cause gerd? Was treated for sob & throat tightness w/ppis before due to gerd. Started new meds & symptoms are back + burning.

Medication effects: I understand your distress. Side effect of Lexapro may be GERD and Anxiety which can cause GERD Side effect of Xanax (alprazolam) XR can be abdominal distress See Gastroenterologist for Diagnosis of reoccurrence of symptoms, new meds; and Treatment. Discuss with Psychiatrist: •Diagnosis •Benefits and side effects of Lexapro and Xanax (alprazolam) XR •Decreasing the dose •Therapy for stresses to develop coping skills ...Read more

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Can constipation cause acid reflux symptoms to worsen?

Can constipation cause acid reflux symptoms to worsen?

Possibly: Slow gastric emptying is associated with constipation. Slow gastric emptying is associated with gastroesophageal reflux. Omeprazole (prilosec) or proton pump inhibitor helps control acid but does not affect gastric emptying. Constipation can also increase abdominal pressure and in turn reflux. Side effect of Omeprazole also is constipation. ...Read more

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Natural remedies that work for severe GERD and dyspepsia?

Natural remedies that work for severe GERD and dyspepsia?

GERD: Don't eat late and lie down flat, avoid foods like coffee, chocolate and spice. Take otc meds like Tums (calcium carbonate) or Prilosec but see your doctor if it persists... Gerd can be serious! ...Read more

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Ppi's may reduce stomach acid, but does that prevent actual refux in gerd?

Ppi's may reduce stomach acid, but does that prevent actual refux in gerd?

No: It reduces acid which causes the irritation going up the the esophagus in gerd. You still have to have the head of the bed up on sleeping and avoid laying down with full stomach. ...Read more

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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.

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

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more