What do you take to control your heartburn, and how do you know it's not an ulcer? I have been on Prilosec for several weeks and it has worked wonders. I just stopped taking it a couple days ago and now the heartburn has come back. I do love spicy food, and I know that aggravates it. Anyway, wondering if anyone here takes something long-term for it Thanks.
GERD/HEARTBURN SUFFERERS -- advice?
|by Anonymous||reply 21||12/12/2012|
For daily heartburn relief, I recommend Pepcid 10mg or 20mg every day before breakfast (I take 20). It's not as powerful as Prilosec, but it's much cheaper.
To find out whether you have an ulcer, see your doctor for an x-ray or other test.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||12/11/2012|
Don't stuff your face. Drink more water. Walk a lot.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||12/11/2012|
I would definitely see a doctor, because you never know if it's something serious. But I take generic Prilosec from CVS or whatever, I think it's called Omezrapole or something. Works fine for me. I was getting heartburn from everything for a while so I had an endoscopy which showed no problems at all, so I was surprised.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||12/11/2012|
See your doctor. Get protonix, get an endoscope done to asses adage. A prescription for protonix is a must.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||12/11/2012|
Once you are on a proton pump inhibitor like Prilosec and Nexium, or their generic counterparts, getting off of them can be nearly impossible. Yes, see a doctor. Prevacid and that class of drugs are good, but will diminish in effectiveness if taken daily over a long period of time.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||12/11/2012|
I was on generic Prilosec long-term and it worked well. Be sure to take vitamins daily as it can prevent the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals. If the GERD gets worse see a doctor about TIF Trans-oral Incisionless Fundoplication. I had that surgery in June and I have not had one more episode of heartburn or GERD. It is nothing short of a miracle for me as I suffered for years before this surgery was developed. Google it for lots of info. Best of luck to you!
|by Anonymous||reply 6||12/11/2012|
Ranitidine prescription from doctor
Available for only $4 per month or $10 for three months supply at walmart.com - home delivery
free home delivery at walmart.com
very effective for heartburn
|by Anonymous||reply 7||12/11/2012|
Perhaps you didn't get the memo, R7. We don't shop at Walmart here.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||12/11/2012|
I take Zegerid, a bland of omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate, and it has saved my life. However...! If I skip a single day, I wake up in the middle of the night with reflux, choking on my own stomach acid.
Also, the magnesium deficiency you hear about with constant use of omeprazole is real. For me it causes annoying ocular migraines.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||12/11/2012|
Good god I hope I never turn into you bitches.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||12/11/2012|
Just you wait, R10.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||12/11/2012|
See your doctor. He will likely prescribe you a ppi, but I wouldn't stay on it for too long. I started out on one, but I didn't like the idea of taking it long term, so I tapered down and gradually began to control it with diet. That's the only way to do it, if you ask me. Staying on those drugs for too long can cause major problems.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||12/11/2012|
I only get it if I eat too much and too late in the day. Another way to avoid it is to sleep it a more upright position, with your torso elevated.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||12/11/2012|
What R4 said. Protonix is a lifesaver. Just make sure to get your bone checked every year because long term PPI usage can leach calcium from your bones.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||12/11/2012|
Pepcid works for me. I have a herniated stomach. It comes and goes.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||12/11/2012|
I can't eat late at night. I can't eat sweets. No more alcohol, just wine once in a while. If I have a spell of it, I take something over the counter and it helps.
But honestly I get it when I over eat or eat too fast, I get it from eating dessert. Like at Thanksgiving, I had to have that late night piece of chocolate cake. and cold milk. Couldn't sleep all night. miserable.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||12/11/2012|
Go to a mattress store and get bed risers that raise the head of your bed up....it helped me and was a cheap solution that my doctor told me about.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||12/11/2012|
I have had GERD that comes and goes, since I was in college. Never EVER eat late at night. It is the kiss of death. I used to be one for late-night snacking...no more. No more coffee. No more red wine except rarely. No more fun stuff. On the plus side, I don't feel like acid is washing up my neck any longer. :(
|by Anonymous||reply 18||12/12/2012|
I'm 58 and fat, and I've used generic Rantidine for years. When I lose weight, I don't need it, then when I gain the weight back, I have to take it again. I have put the head of my bed on 4" blocks, and that helps prevent the acid reflux at night. I take the acid blocker when going to bed also. I was waking up with sore throat and sensitive, sharp feeling teeth, and it took me a long time to realize that acid was coming up at night. One night I was dreaming that I was drowning, and I woke up with the acid getting into my lungs, and it then that I knew what was happening in my sleep.The Rantidine is what works for me. Tried other general acid blockers/acid reducers without the same relief. Good Luck! and Good Health!
|by Anonymous||reply 19||12/12/2012|
Drink a lot of water. I've found a glass about 1/2 hour before bed helps. I know it can be annoying getting up to piss more often but that only lasted a few nights for me, or if I miss a few nights. I take a generic prilosic before breakfast and after dinner as well.
Does anyone have the problem of the regurgitating while bent over?. When I'm cleaning or even simply picking something up "juice" comes up my throat. One of the most disgusting things.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||12/12/2012|
What the others have said. I have to really watch what I eat - no acidic foods (tomato sauce especially), no peppers of any kind, no fried or fatty foods. Limit alcohol, and if you smoke, stop. I gave up coffee and tea, but am now back to 1 cup of coffee in the morning and herbal tea in the afternoon.
If it's an ulcer you'll need antibiotics to clear it up. Also, don't take ibuprofen, as it can lead to bleeding.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||12/12/2012|