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Betty,

I also used to take antacid tablets several times a day until the Doctor warned me that some contain Aspirin. I had no idea.

 

My daughter no longer takes antacid tablets for her indigestion because of the risk for Reye's Syndrome in children. Kids should never take Aspirin.


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I'm like many of you, if I don't take my Prilosec twice a day, I get heartburn and nighttime reflux. Unfortunately, even that doesn't always solve the problem. I have rules that I live by and when I break them - I pay. Like last night, I couldn't resist that little piece of dark chocolate within an hour of bedtime accompanied by a couple sips of sherry. Man - did I pay for that. :( I fought reflux all night and finally fell asleep around 3 am only to be jerked awake at 4 am with choking and coughing, definitely caused by reflux. Yes, I was stilled elevated, but somehow had turned over to my right side which is a no-no when I'm having problems. It took a while to stop coughing and I finally got back to bed around 5.

 

So no matter what we do to avoid that nasty stuff, we have to find our triggers and eliminate them. Unfortunately, there are times that the temptation is just too great to resist. :rolleyes:


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Hello to all of you. I have reflux bad!! I have slow motility as well. I take 2 Protonix 40 mg., twice a day and OTC Prilosec 20 mg., once a day. My Gastro. Doc's have tried me on Reglan, and a few other medications for the motility problems, but the side affects were to bad. I have suffered with this for at least 4 years. I couldn't live without these meds. I am suffering big time right now with the pains in the sternum area. If I am able to lay down, I use the heating pad, which seems to help a bit at times. Good luck Pamela, I hope you get releif soon.

 

Jackie S.

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Hi,

I have had reflux for many years. My GI Dr. scopes me every one to two years. Last time he took a biopsy. And the time before that he stretched the opening into my stomach. I take prilosec and I also have carafate liquid on hand for bad flares. It coats.

It was from the scoping that I found out I had CREST. If I remember right, its not a good thing to go on and off certain meds. You might want to ask your Dr. or pharmacy.

I just wanted to add one more thing. I sleep with the head of my bed elevated. If I ever lay flat, I have major problems.

Thank you all for such good information.

Nanna

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Betty, talk to your doctor about you still taking anti acid tablets. He will prescribe something else to help you out. My gastro doctor got very upset when I told him I would awaken in the middle of the night to severe pain and take a couple of antacid tablets and when they didn't work quickly I would take a couple more. At that point I was put on the Reglan. I have lessened my doses on occasion like Mike. My reflux comes back with a vengence. I use to take 4 / 40 milligram Nexium and 4 of the Reglan daily. I now take only 3 or the Nexium and 2 of the Reglan. I always save a Reglan for just before going to bed. No nocturnal heartburn. Unless I eat Friday nite fish F R Y . I am in pain early on. So I make sure to take my meds well before eating and won't forget it before going to bed.

 

Pamela. I don't know of any natural meds to control severe heartburn. Or the boiling acid that comes up from your stomach. If you know of something let me know. Then maybe I could eat a small lunch and bend over to pull weeds. Ha! Good luck in your decisions. Sheryl


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

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Hi, I have had GERD for many years but lately I've been having a dickens of a time with it at night. I added more height to my bed and believe it or not I put a hole in my bottom sheet from pushing myself up all night after I'd slid down. I thought that the 40 mg. of Nexium that I was taking a day was the highest dose but I see that Sheryl takes more. Didn't know you could do that so thanks for posting that Sheryl. I will contact my Dr. this week to find out the next step in meds. I wake up constantly with pain in my back from the acid and add that to 50 hot flashes a night and it doesn't add up to much sleep. :( Oh, also the pain on top of it. Well, you all know what I'm talking about. I have a prscription for Celebrex but that would be the icing on the cake for Gerd so I don't bother to take it.

Hugs, Piper

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I am not a medical professional, but I would caution anyone against increasing the dosage of their prescription medications without the advice of your doctor. It is easy to look around you and see others taking medicines you aren't taking and think, "Hey, I should have that, too!" or see that someone has a different dosage prescribed and wonder whether they should be taking that dosage, too. Many things have to be taken into consideration before a doctor prescribes for us: age, weight, other conditions, interactions with other medications. Please consult your doctor about any changes you want to make in your dosage of a prescription.


Warm wishes,

Jefa

 

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Great Advice Carrie!

I've had two different prescriptions to stop working or not work. The first one worked great for a year then stopped so I consulted my rheumatologist for another. He gave me Protonix, which @ 2 a day still didn't keep the heartburn under control. Finally, he prescribed two Prilosec a day and that works about 90% of the time. The other 10% of the time, I'm always tempted to take another one, but two is already more than the normal dosage so I have experimented with some stuff and have found a couple of food items that actually settle my stomach until it's time for the next dose.

I guess it's a matter of "keep looking" until you find something that works for you.

 

Big Hugs,


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Hi Carrie & Janey, I guess that came out wrong. I would never take anything or increase anything without being told to by the Dr. I just didn't know that they could prescribe more of them. I'm going to call tomorrow and see what he has to say. It's nice to know that when one drug stops working, something else may do the trick.

Take care,

Hugs, Piper

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Just an update. First of all I really appreciate every one's input!

 

I have broken down and have been taking 20 mg of Prilosec per day. It's been helping. There is an natural alternative treatment - someone asked me about it and if you want to PM me I will tell you what it is. I'm waiting to talk with my doctor about it first. Until then I'm taking the prilosec!


Warm and gentle hugs,

 

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