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Taking Over The Counter Medication To help Acid Reflux | Heartburn | ENGO

Taking Over The Counter Medication To help Acid Reflux | Heartburn | ENGO

[Music] healthy or unhealthy taking over-the-counter medication to help acid reflux one take antacids to neutralize your stomach acid there are several over-the-counter medications that you can use to help with your acid reflux there are many different brands but they typically have the same function antacids help neutralize the acid in your stomach these are generally used to provide relief for up to two weeks if you still need antacids after that time period it is recommended you call your physician because long-term use of antacids can affect mineral balance affect the kidneys and cause diarrhea foam barriers are a combination of antacid and a foaming agent as the tablet dissolves in the stomach of foam forms that helps to block the entry of acid into the esophagus currently the only Foam barrier on the market as gaviscon follow manufacturer’s instructions and don’t overdo it antacids if overdone can cause some problems to try h2 blockers to control stomach acid production h2 blockers are also over-the-counter remedies that come in many different brands they decrease the stomach secretion of asset instead of just neutralizing it like antacids h2 blockers include cimetidine tagamet famotidine pepcid and ranitidine zantac the over-the-counter variety come in small doses but your physician can prescribe higher doses keep a lookout for the side effects which include constipation diarrhea dizziness headache hives nausea vomiting and problems with urination more serious side effects our difficulty breathing or swelling of the face lips throat or tongue if you are using h2 blockers follow manufacturer’s instructions 3 look into proton pump inhibitors PPIs to manage acid production PPI is block acid production by the stomach the same way that h2 blockers do you can try many different types including esomeprazole nexium Lance Oprah soul prevacid omeprazole prilosec pant Oprah soul protonix Rebecca soul SFX decks Lance Oprah soul decks rosal sodium bicarbonate is a garrard side-effects of PBIS include headache constipation diarrhea abdominal pain rashes and nausea long-term use of PP eyes are associated with a higher risk of osteoporosis related fractures of the hip wrist or spine if you are using PBIS follow the manufacturer’s instructions if these do not help within two to three weeks it is strongly recommended that you see your physician you may need stronger medication or you may not be dealing with pure acid reflux there may be something else going on knowing when to try natural remedies use herbal remedies as an adult with acid reflux most natural acid reflux remedies are safe for the majority of adults note that some herbal remedies however may not be safe for children or teenagers it’s best to try mild lifestyle changes first if you need to treat acid reflux in an adolescent if these do not work consult your doctor or do some thorough research before giving an adolescent and herbal remedy for example you should not give aloe juice to children under the age of 12 since it may cause abdominal pain diarrhea and cramping try natural remedies in moderation most herbal remedies and other natural treatments will be safe in moderate amounts but too much of a good thing can quickly become bad when using herbal supplements check the label for dosing instructions for any natural remedy that does not have dosage instructions readily available do some research to find out how much you should safely be able to endure for instance aloe juice can cause stomach pain and other forms of digestive upset especially if the juice contains aloe latex long-term use of large amounts can also result in kidney problems consuming apple cider vinegar as usually considered safe short-term but drinking too much of it can cause low potassium levels high or prolonged doses of licorice root can result in headaches fatigue high blood pressure heart attacks and water retention do not take licorice for more than four to six weeks consider natural remedies if you’re not pregnant or breastfeeding if you are not currently pregnant or not at risk of becoming pregnant most natural remedies are likely safe for you however for acid reflux connected to pregnancy always talk to your doctor before treating your symptoms to make sure you do not inadvertently harm your baby it’s important that you do this before trying any herbal remedy dietary fix or lifestyle change similarly if you are currently breastfeeding you may need to stay away from certain ingested remedies since they could get into your breast milk and harm your baby most lifestyle remedies will likely be safe though potentially problematic remedies for pregnant and breastfeeding women include but are not limited to aloe juice apple cider vinegar ginger fennel licorice and slippery elm exercise caution if you have other medical conditions in addition to pregnancy certain medical conditions may also make herbal remedies or other natural fixes unsafe avoid aloe juice if you have diabetes intestinal conditions hemorrhoids or kidney problems talk to your doctor before trying apple cider vinegar if you have diabetes while ACV may have some benefits for people with type 2 diabetes it may do more harm than good if you have type 1 diabetes ginger may cause problems if you have a bleeding disorder a heart condition or diabetes if you are allergic to celery carrot you should also avoid fennel if you have a bleeding disorder or hormone-sensitive condition like estrogen sensitive cancers licorice root may cause problems if you have heart disease heart failure hormone sensitive cancers fluid retention hypertension diabetes kidney disease liver disease or low potassium if you have an immune system disorder you may need to avoid taking probiotic supplements [Music] you

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