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Dr. Julie Abbott
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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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Suffers from chronic acid reflux.takes 6 tums a day- but it only relieves the issue for an hour. Tried Zantac (ranitidine) 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 (ranitidine) 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

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I am on Nexium and Ranitidine for acid reflux. Is it ok to also take Tums on need basis like 1 to 3 tablets a day or so?

I am on Nexium and Ranitidine for acid reflux. Is it ok to also take Tums on need basis like 1 to 3 tablets a day or so?

Yes but: If you have been taken Nexium prior to breakfast and still not getting relief with Ranitidine in the evening, it is time to consult a GI specialist. ...Read more

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

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Zantac, (ranitidine) 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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Is it ok to take 2 or 3 Tums a day when already taking Nexium(40mg) in the morning and Ranitidine (300 mg) at night for acid reflux?

Is it ok to take 2 or 3 Tums a day when already taking Nexium(40mg) in the morning  and Ranitidine (300 mg) at night for acid reflux?

Yes: yes, but see your doctor because the other medications should be treating your problem. If not, then something else may be going on. ...Read more

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Acid Reflux, terrible chest pain that's radiating to my back! Pepcid (famotidine) 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 (famotidine) 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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I just started weekly b-12 shots for severely low b-12 numbers. I have acid reflux. Is it ok to take Tums (calcium carbonate) 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 (calcium carbonate) or pepto bismol while getting the injections?

Yes, however...: It is perfectly fine to use Tums (calcium carbonate) 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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I have acid reflux & have taken Carafate, Dexilant, (dexlansoprazole) Tums and Zantac, but I had to stop all the medications due to side effects. What should I do now?

I have acid reflux & have taken Carafate, Dexilant, (dexlansoprazole) Tums and Zantac, but I had to stop all the medications due to side effects. What should I do now?

Lifestyle: There may be some lifestyle issues you can modify to lessen the problems you have with reflux. The chemicals in coffee, tea & some sodas (caffeine) or it's cousin nicotine (smokers) all keep the stomach entrance from closing tightly. Removing them from your life can help.Not reclining for at least an hour after a meal or large beverage can also. ...Read more

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Can I take tums (calcium carbonate) 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 (calcium carbonate) 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

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

I take Tums (calcium carbonate) 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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What can I use to help me with my horrible acid reflux? I try Tums (calcium carbonate) and all the over-the-counter stuff! i need help bc i'm tired of throwing up acid!

What can I use to help me with my horrible acid reflux? I try Tums (calcium carbonate) and all the over-the-counter stuff! i need help bc i'm tired of throwing up acid!

Tums (calcium carbonate) won't do it: Please get examined by a doc. A natural approach is to use lots of dgl. Dgl is licorice supplement but it has an enzyme removed that can raise BP licorice is eaten over a long period of time. Avoiding acid-forming foods can help and don't lie down right after eating. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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For acid reflux can you overdose by taking Nexium (esomeprazole) 40mg 4 or 5 times a day I have heart burn and only get temporary relief by taking Tums and Nexium (esomeprazole)

For acid reflux can you overdose by taking Nexium (esomeprazole) 40mg 4 or 5 times a day I have heart burn and only get temporary relief by taking Tums and Nexium (esomeprazole)

Yes: This is far outside of the normal dosing range and is not recommended or studied at these doses. I would advise you to see your md to hone in further on the source of your severe heartburn. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Reflux (Definition)

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