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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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I take Tums every night for acid reflux.....Would it be better to have an operation? Omeprazole causes pain to my hips.

I take Tums every night for acid reflux.....Would it be better to have an operation?  Omeprazole causes pain to my hips.

Go to your Doctor: Chronic reflux is not normal but does not mean you need surgery right away. Adjusting your diet and lifestyle is key. Surgery is usually the last option. If all you have done is take over the counter medications then it is time to get to your doctor and likely a scope of your esophagus and stomach will be recommended. Long term untreated reflux can lead to cancer in the esophagus. Get evaluated. ...Read more

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I just started weekly b-12 shots for severely low b-12 numbers. I have acid reflux. Is it ok to take Tums or pepto bismol while getting the injections?

I just started weekly b-12 shots for severely low b-12 numbers. I have acid reflux. Is it ok to take Tums or pepto bismol while getting the injections?

Yes, however...: It is perfectly fine to use tums or pepto bismol- these won't interfere with your treatment at all. Ironically, many with reflux (and many with low b12) have low stomach acid rather than too much! you might want to try some of the alternative approaches to treating reflux that are discussed here: http://www.Naturalnews.Com/036336_ppis_acid_reflux_side_effects.Html. ...Read more

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Suffers from chronic acid reflux.takes 6 tums a day- but it only relieves the issue for an hour. Tried Zantac but didn't help much. get scoped?

Suffers from chronic acid reflux.takes 6 tums a day- but it only relieves the issue for an hour. Tried Zantac but didn't help much. get scoped?

DGL is used to: help with acid reflux and is safe. If you take licorice that is not DGL, over time it can raise your blood pressure. Please consult w/your doc. Peace and good health. You need to take a lot of it for DGL to be effective. ...Read more

Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
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Zantac, tums, and cimetidine have done nothing for my wife's pains. What else could it be besides acid reflux?

Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
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Zantac, tums, and cimetidine have done nothing for my wife's pains.  What else could it be besides acid reflux?

Depends: It really depends what sort of pains are going on. You didn't describe location, quality, intensity, timing...Anything at all. ...Read more

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Acid Reflux, terrible chest pain that's radiating to my back! Pepcid isn't helping and neither are tums. What OTC medicine can help with this?

Acid Reflux, terrible chest pain that's radiating to my back! Pepcid isn't helping and neither are tums. What OTC medicine can help with this?

Reflux : you can always double up on Prilosec OTC and take 40mg once a day. However if nothing is helping Id recommend getting evaluated. Could be gallbladder problem or pancreatitis. ...Read more

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Can I take tums if I've taken Pepto and Prilosec tonight? I have acid reflux and have had worse bloating today than normal. I take Prilosec daily.

Can I take tums if I've taken Pepto and Prilosec tonight? I have acid reflux and have had worse bloating today than normal. I take Prilosec daily.

No interaction: You would not risk an interaction problem, but clearly you are having GI problems that are not being successfully treated - even symptomatically. Consider a full GI examination, Dx and treatment decisions. It might not result in clear answers, but it could and then life will be much nicer. Also, psychotherapy can help if anxiety is the cause. Best! ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Reflux (Definition)

Reflux is also known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease. Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Antacid (Definition)

Antacids are a kind of anti-ulcer drug (gastroenterology drug, common ...Read more