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Dr. Charles Cattano
1,439 doctors shared insights

Heartburn (Definition)

When acid and peptic juices reflux into the esophagus, one might have the sensation of burning or pain under the breast bone. It can radiate up to the throat and down to the region of the solar plexus. Some may describe it as bad 'indigestion' and others may feel like they are ...Read more


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Having terrible heartburn..I take 20mg Prilosec prescribed everyday.. Today its not helping.Can i take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)? I've already taken my prilosec?

Having terrible heartburn..I take 20mg Prilosec prescribed everyday.. Today its not helping.Can i take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)? I've already taken my prilosec?

Needs an EGD: Persistent heartburn while on Omeprazole (prilosec) or other acid blockers needs further testing. Symptoms may be gastric or duodenal ulcers, h pylori infection, hiatal herna, esophageal erosion or ulcers, tumor causing increased acid production and rarely gastric cancer. Avoid the peptobismal and see your familydoctor. ...Read more

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What to take for long lasting indigestion, pepto bismol, (bismuth subsalicylate) gas x, and rolaids haven't worked. Has lasted for 5 days.

What to take for long lasting indigestion, pepto bismol, (bismuth subsalicylate) gas x, and rolaids haven't worked. Has lasted for 5 days.

See GI MD: 5 days is just too long for "indigestion". The possibilities are numerous but include ulcer disease and gallbladder issues for starters... ...Read more

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What helps indigestion? I already took pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and still feel uncomfortable right below the chest bone. No other gastro disease except gerd.

What helps indigestion? I already took pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and still feel uncomfortable right below the chest bone. No other gastro disease except gerd.

Indigestion relief: If the indigestion is due to gerd, avoiding fatty food, eating small frequent meals, and avoiding foods that make one feel worse may help to relieve symptoms. Proton pump inhibitors (ppis) such as Prilosec (omeprazole) or Nexium (esomeprazole) may help as well. Seeing a physician is recommended. If chest pain, shortness of breath or severe symptoms, go to the emergency room asap. ...Read more

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I feel like the pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) didn't help in any way for my indigestion and heart burn. I think my stomach hurts worse. Is there a reaction going on?

I feel like the pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) didn't help in any way for my indigestion and heart burn. I think my stomach hurts worse. Is there a reaction going on?

No, but see a doctor: Peptobismol is very safe. It would be very unusual to have a reaction to it. However, it is more likely you have a stomach problem that is not helped by the pb. Please see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can i take pepto bismol while taking coumadin (warfarin)?

Can i take pepto bismol while taking coumadin (warfarin)?

May interfere: Absorption , including some antacids may bind and prevent absorption of Coumadin (warfarin) loose effectiveness , speak to your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Indigestion (Definition)

Indigestion is a feeling of discomfort in the upper belly (abdomen) during or right after a meal. It may present as a feeling of uncomfortable ...Read more


Dr. Janice Alexander
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Pepto Bismol (Definition)

Pepto-Bismol is an anti-diarrheal agent which is a ...Read more