Take antacids about 1 hour after eating or when you have heartburn. If you are taking them for symptoms at night, DO NOT take them with food. Antacids help to treat heartburn (indigestion). They work by neutralizing the stomach acid that causes heartburn.
Prescription-strength acid blockers. In prescription strength (usually higher doses), Zantac, Tagamet, Pepcid, and Axid can generally relieve heartburn and treat GERD.
Heartburn, as well as an acidic stomach due to eating too much spicy food, can be relieved by taking an antacid. The antacid is alkaline/basic and helps neutralize the stomach’s acidic environment. You may have used medicine to ease your heartburn via the process of neutralization. Have you ever had a burning feeling in your stomach after eating too much spicy food?
If your general pediatrician isnâ€™t comfortable prescribing these medicines, a referral to a pediatric gastroenterologist would be valuable. There’s a condition called laryngopharyngeal reflux in which acid from the stomach gets into the throat and larynx. The affected person sometimes feels like they have mucus in their throat. You should seek a doctor’s advice if you’re experiencing a mucus problem.
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I have been suffering from heartburn, constipation, severe bloating and generally GI discomfort since my teenage years. I am now 33 and was finally diagnosed with GERD and hiatal hernia following a barium swallow and gastroendoscopy. Was told that my esophagus was “raw” because of all the acid reflux and was immediately put on Nexium which I took for about 3 months.
- I am still researching GERD for more information.
- Two, your body is releasing a number of hormones that relax your joints and muscles so your uterus doesnâ€™t contract your baby out and so you have an easier birth come show time.
- Better yet, if you know from past experience that you’re likely to suffer after a big meal, take a stomach-acid blocker, such as Pepcid Complete or Tagamet HB200, a half hour before eating.
- Then the attacks started.
- These drugs block the receptor on the parietal cell membrane that normally binds to histamine.
The lining of the stomach is coated with mucus, which prevents the acid from reaching the lining and damaging it. In addition, when the mixture of food and acid leaves the stomach and enters the small intestine, it’s neutralized by the basic environment of the intestine.
What Products Does One Get When Mixing an Acid & With a Base?
I did notice an improvement during those months but the idea of a lifetime commitment to taking this drug bothered me so I researched other alternative ways to cope with it, which did help a little but by any means, do not prevent the GERD symptoms from occurring. Antacids work by counteracting (neutralising) the acid in your stomach. They do this because the chemicals in antacids are bases (alkalis) which are the opposite of acids. A reaction between an acid and base is called neutralisation.
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See how the acid in your stomach plays a ginormous role in your overall health? Therefore, taking antacids can result in a host of health issues (with a huge medical bill). See how, as we age, the incidence of heartburn and reflux diseases RISES as stomach acid levels PLUMMET. You can also take a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) if you keep getting heartburn.
Research with adults suggests that reflux symptoms that occur more than once a week suggest increased risk of esophagitis. I consider this when discussing treatment that goes beyond occasional antacids. Typically, what we will do is give the medicine long enough to heal the reflux-associated esophagitis.
Many of the common antacids also include alginates. Most alginates work by forming a gel which floats on top of the stomach contents. The gel acts as a protective barrier, preventing stomach acid from irritating the oesophagus. When antacids work on stomach acid, they can produce gas which may cause wind (flatulence). Simeticone helps to stop this foaming effect and may sometimes be included within antacid medications.