Usually, the most important consideration is managing the depression, which should be treated separately with a more effective antidepressant medication, counseling, or both. A separate drug can then be prescribed for insomnia-either a newer sleep medication or low-dose trazodone. Studies have suggested that trazodone plus another antidepressant can improve sleep in these cases. Alternatively, trazodone might be taken alone, at a higher, antidepressant dose, to treat both problems. Trazodone was first approved as an antidepressant by the Food and Drug Administration in 1981.
Keep in mind that these professionals are under tremendous pressure regarding their time, however, a polite question about what they understand about the relationship between a certain class of drugs and acid reflux should be welcomed. In response to my last SharePost, a concerned mother sent a comment reporting her son was experiencing reflux and vomiting, and his doctor had prescribed a low dose of an antidepressant to help with her son’s reflux symptoms. Antidepressants may have a role in inducing worsening of depression and the emergence of suicidality in certain patients during the early phases of treatment. Women who are breastfeeding, pregnant, or planning to become pregnant should speak with their doctor about fluvoxamineâ€™s potential effects on the fetus or infant. There is a less than 1 percent chance of birth defects or premature birth, usually related to the woman taking fluvoxamine in the third trimester.
Elevating the head of your bed 4 to 6 inches using blocks of wood may help. If symptoms continue, see your doctor or a Gastroenterologist for evaluation and an upper endoscopy exam. Your doctor may suggest you take over-the-counter antacids or may prescribe stronger medications. Call your doctor if you are bleeding, feel like you are choking, have trouble-swallowing, or experience sudden weight loss. The good news is most people who have GERD do not need surgery.
You should stay upright, for instance, for at least 30 minutes after taking bisphosphonates and at least 15-20 minutes after taking anti-anxiety medication or sleep aids in order to prevent heartburn. As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review on all articles.
Manage symptoms of acid reflux by avoiding the many potential triggers. If acid reflux goes unchecked or untreated, it may develop into GERD. People with acid reflux or GERD can manage symptoms by taking steps to avoid triggers.
Occasionally, it is prescribed off label to treat panic disorders, social phobias, depression, and eating disorders. This antidepressant is in the class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website.
A There is a place for exercise considerations here. Since the fibromyalgia you mention relates to pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons, in addition to disturbance of sleep patterns, some type of exercise should help alleviate the symptoms. With acid reflux, watching and managing your weight can also help, and exercise plays a part there, too. If you are feeling fatigued it may well be the last thing you wish to do but bear in mind the potential benefits. A Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a condition in which the oesophagus (the tube leading to the stomach) becomes irritated or inflamed because of acid backing up from the stomach, causing the burning sensation of heartburn (so called because the oesophagus lies just behind the heart).
- But that’s no longer the case.
- For example, high amounts of pressure on the abdomen can cause the sphincter to grow slack.
- Unfortunately, in addition to lowering pressure in the esophagus, these medications also lower blood pressure.
- I agree that antidepressants are poison and iâ€™m trying to get off them myself.
- So for these people, information about alternatives and forums like this one provide a real service.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other possible drug interactions. To date, none of my patients have reported any serious side effects. The worst complaint I have heard has been mild heartburn, which could have implications for individuals with gastroesophageal reflux disease. I unknowingly took an antidepressant for a month when my pharmacist mistook it for my acid reflux medication. First, even if studies abound about the effectiveness of a certain drug on acid reflux treatment, remember that even in those well controlled studies, the individual responses to the drug varied.
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