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Acid Reflux (GERD)

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What over-the-counter or prescription medications have been effective in treating your case of GERD? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: lorraine, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I take active enzymes, sauerkraut, aloe vera juice, and have cut out usual broccoli, onions, etc. I've got to get gut flora back to normal. There is new research into having a tiny amount of someone's stools who has good gut flora to help with irritable bowel syndrome, etc. Sounds awful but perhaps worth looking at.

Comment from: marlene, Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I have suffered the agonies of GERD for about eight to ten years. In 2011 I had surgery for a large hiatal hernia. I thought surely this would cure me. It didn't! I've been on about seven or eight GERD medications; none of which helped me at all. I followed all the do's and don'ts, none of which helped me. But, I have cured myself! I threw out all the prescription medications, went to the health food store and bought three different products, which have 98 percent taken care of the problem. These products are Advanced Enzyme System and Betaine HCI with pepsin and DGL, which is a licorice extract. I don't take all of them for each and every meal. Sometimes I only take the enzyme. Not saying I'm going to go out and eat pizza (well, maybe once in a while) but I've said goodbye to GERD and goodbye to all the poisonous prescription medicines!

Comment from: Asma, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I was diagnosed with Helicobacter pylori six years ago. I took the treatment for it and suffer a lot from all the GERD symptoms. What helped me was pomegranate powder. Either the seed or the peel after mixing it with sugar, it is a little bit sour, but I hope everyone gives it a try.

Comment from: Christine o., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

I have been having lot of symptoms related to GERD. I have been to the doctor twice, who said it was a mixture of indigestion and nerves. He told me to take Gaviscon and prescribed me propranolol. This was on 13th of February. The tablets are not calming it down. I have a feeling like a lump stuck in throat, I get worked up to the point I can't swallow; such horrid feeling.

Comment from: gg, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

For a long time, years in fact, when I got the cough associated with acid reflux, drinking water helped. I guess it rinsed the acid down my throat and it stopped the irritation. Lately, aloe vera gel from the health food store helps my GERD. I take it at night, the very last thing before going to bed. I think it coats my throat. I just take a tablespoon. I am now bothered by the burn in the throat during the day but don't want to take Prilosec and such due to recent bad information on kidney damage.

Comment from: Cathy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I am very upset about new information about Prilosec. I use it every day for GEED and when I go off of it, I suffer pain. I have tried Nexium, but even though I can use it for a couple of days, Nexium makes me sick. I am afraid to go off Prilosec. One day I will try, but I will have to rely on Rolaids and Tums like I did long ago. It is very hard to fall asleep raised up high. I do use a couple of pillows. I watch my diet, because if I don't I get sick. I love tomato foods, but they don't love me. I can cheat once in a while. I think the trouble with Prilosec and other medications like it is you can get it over the counter. So instead of people watching what they eat, they just take a pill. If people just decide to go off Prilosec cold turkey, they will have a rebound of serious attacks. Everyone I know has GERD. I wonder if it is something in the food or in my eating patterns. I just don't know. Maybe we were not meant to eat non-foods.

Comment from: farhanah, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

While on Prilosec I never had any relief at all. I suffered from excessive belching, indigestion and heartburn all day long. I switched to Aciphex and it was very wondeful. My insurance refused to cover it, however, and then I was given Protonix it barely helped me. It helped 40% with the indigestion but there was always a lingering of stomach acid lurking within my stomach. I really wish that I could find something that helps with the burning sensation in my chest and the indigestion.

Comment from: lilycolon, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I have GERD for about 5 months ago. I had my Gallbladder taken out and symptoms are worse. I have the burning in the throat and acid taste on tongue. I am on Nexium but this medication is not helping me. I am going insane and do not want to continue feeling this way.

Published: August 27

I have been taking Zegerid for the past four months. I also have recently finished treatment for H. pylori. I have noticed less stomach pain and less vomiting/nausea since beginning treatment. The frequency of belching after meals has decreased, but I am still affected by certain foods. The abdominal gas has increased and is accompanied by alternating diarrhea and constipation.

Published: August 27

About 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with a large hiatal hernia after being hospitalized with dehydration because I couldn't keep anything in my stomach. When I recovered everything was fine with some occasional heartburn. The about 3-4 years ago I developed a chronic cough which I thought was due to post-nasal drip -- however the ENT doctor could find nothing with the sinuses, so when I told him of the hiatal hernia, be had me try Nexium. After two weeks, the cough was gone. He told me to try coming off the Nexium after about 8 weeks. I did and within 2 months the cough was back bad as ever. I went back on the Nexium, but this time it took about 1-1/2 months before it seemed to work. It's now usually enough to take Nexium in the morning 1/2 hour before meals - however, whenever I get a cold or allergy symptoms, it seems to aggravate the the ARD again and I'm coughing long after the cold is gone. Sometimes the addition of Gavison to my day starting with Nexium helps until the rekindled ARD is under control again. Sometimes it doesn't work - like now. I think I will try the gum chewing route/the ginger and see if that works.

Comment from: MickOrton, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 19

I had a terrible problem with Acid Reflux, especially at night when trying to go to sleep. On the suggestion of my personal trainer, I gave up carbonated drinks... ALL OF THEM. The problem cleared up immediately and has not returned. It has been over 30 days now!

Comment from: jude, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 27

It all started with breathing problems and constantly feeling out of breath. After GERD was established, I was prescribed three months of PPIs (omeprazole, 20 mg twice a day). It stops heartburn, but it has no effect on breathing, which was the only thing that really bothered me to begin with.

Comment from: Krismas, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I have had great success with aleo vera juice three times a day for GERD. After 10 days, the problem was gone.

Comment from: Irene, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I've had a bitter taste in my mouth for the last three years. I was diagnosed with acid reflux and prescribed a PPI. I took it for more than one year and it never helped.

Comment from: Zuleibi, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I been in pain for a year before I was finally diagnosed with GERD. I've been taking Prilosec and I still have symptoms. It's so annoying living with this pain.

Comment from: Chopper, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 14

My acid reflex (GERD) has gotten really bad in the last two years. I have started jumping up from a dead sleep choking and gasping for air. Now I feel like something is stuck in my throat and hurting in my chest and between my shoulder blades.

Comment from: vm, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

I have GERD from past 4 years. I get relief from garlic cloves. But garlic and PPIs do not improve my situation permanently.

Comment from: dogsdogs3., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

The burning is horrible. I have gone four nights with no sleep. I had sit up all night last night.

Comment from: Sue, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

My symptoms include intense spasmodic pain in my stomach and painful belching. Nexium brought some relief, but I just had a bad episode last night that has continued to a lesser degree this morning, even after taking my pill. Eating sometimes brings relief.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

I have GERD and when my symptoms flare, I feel like there is something stuck in my throat or in my chest.

Comment from: Mizzyve, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

I get a burning sensation in my throat which causes me to cough uncontrollably and causes me to gag and vomit. I have sleepless nights due to the coughing. My doctor prescribed me Prilosec two months ago and I'm on a low fat diet.

Comment from: Orchid, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I have suffered from acid reflux since 2000. I have been on Aciphex since 2002, a pill a day. For the last year I take it every other day and it truly helps my condition. I tried other's Prilosec and Prevacid and these did not help and also made me very constipated. I do worry about the long term effects of taking Aciphex. I can't go more than one day without taking it. I get so much acid reflux that it feels as if I am choking specially if I am laying down. I have learned not to eat certain foods and or drinks that will bring it on. I am now 61 years old. At the beginning I was diagnosed with esophagitis and chronic GERD.

Comment from: brian66, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 31

My 16 year old son has been experiencing burning or high acid feeling in the esophagus and stomach for three months. He has visited a pediatric gastroenterologist, taken blood tests, allergy tests and an endoscopy, with no clear results or diagnosis.

Comment from: Ann, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

I have had GERD for years. I went thru a bunch of medications and finally Reglan was the one that worked great. Then my gastroenterologist took me off of it because of possible bad side effects of Parkinson-like symptoms that don't go away after stopping the drug.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I take Protonix once daily in the morning. However, after experiencing an increase of symptoms due to consumption of alcohol and other triggers (spicy food etc) I began taking it twice daily. Even though I was taking it twice daily I still experienced acid rising in my stomach, burning in the back of my throat, feeling full quickly, at other times intense hunger or unsettled feeling in my stomach. Drinking skim milk first thing in the morning, with every meal, and before bed has helped reduce my symptoms significantly. Eating 2 bananas a day has also helped.

Comment from: Ironwood, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 14

I started taking one of each, Zantac and Prilosec, morning and night about two years ago. My medications worked until about a month ago. I had terrible heartburn and shooting pains in my arms that would wake me up at night. I'm trying to change my diet and my habits, such as no smoking, no drinking, no eating spicy foods. I am also not eating after 8pm; I'm not eating large meals; I refrain from caffeine; I don't drink soda anymore. It's boring, but I'm going for an endoscopy as soon as I can.

Comment from: skinny sufferer, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I am a 46 year old female who over the past few months have been experiencing reflux on a constant basis. My symptoms are mostly the choking sensation in my throat, trying to clear my throat and heartburn. I have completely changed my diet, with no change in symptoms. I am underweight and have lost 8 lbs in one month. I find it difficult to sleep, even though I raised the head off my bed. I hate taking medications and would prefer natural treatments. This is a horrible feeling and I want it to go away.

Comment from: mike, Male Published: February 22

I was diagnosed with acid reflux. I have taken all tests possible. I was hospitalized 8 times last year. No medications have been effective, only IV meds have helped with the nausea.

Comment from: nicolebr04, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I was diagnosed with GERD a month ago after being treated for h.pylori. I am now taking a medication for GERD and I was fine for two weeks, now my symptoms are back: vomiting, weight loss, stomach pain, loss of appetite all of them.

Comment from: JULES, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I was taking a medication for a stomach ulcer, then I had my gallbladder out. The ulcer healed so a couple of weeks after my operations, so I decided to stop taking the medication, as I thought I didn't need it. Acid came back up and burnt my esophagus. I started o be sick. I don't drink; I am not overweight. I do not smoke. I do not eat spicy food or a lot of chocolate, and no sweets or pop. I can't even have salads or an apple. I have no citrus fruits either.

Comment from: bls1978, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 05

I have been suffering with GERD for a few years now. I have been prescribed medications, which seem to only work for a short period of time. I think I've finally found a cure: A hot cup of green tea and ginseng tea, and a half-teaspoon of sugar. I have one in the morning and one after dinner. Sometime I add a table spoon of honey in my tea before I go to bed.

Comment from: belijo64, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I also suffer from this problem. The feeling of something caught in my throat and the pain in my throat. I have tried all the pills, but prescription antacids work best. I still have to gulp down water in order to belch because it seems as if my food won't digest unless I do. This is frustrating me and I would like it to just go away. All this came about during the same time I found out that I was pre-diabetic.

Comment from: DC, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 12

I have "dealt" with GERD for about a year now. Bad days and mostly good days using mostly Tums, Zantach or Honey Drops. About a month ago all went south... The number 1 issue I have is the constant burning throat, the feeling that I got a small, jagged pebble stuck back there and the panic of not being able to swallow. Like I said, about a month ago this went from being manageable to downright horrible to deal with. I was scared to eat anything because I was not sure I could swallow it. I couldn't sleep because I was "focusing" on swallowing. I finally got Prilosec-OTC and after about 4 hours of my first dose I felt halfway human again. I have been on it 6 days and it has helped alot, however I am still having trouble sleeping. Today, the 7th-day is pissing me off, because I felt like I had a hope and here I sit at 11:58 PM with even worse throat issues. No sleep for a third night. I really would not wish feeling this way on anyone.

Comment from: Betty, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I have taken Prolisec, Prevacid, Aciphex, Nexium, and Rolaids, but do not get relief for acid reflux. Sometimes I get constant pain in my upper throat and larynx area. It causes me much pain, especially when eating and at night when I am trying to sleep. I do not know what to do next, and am very concerned that I have esophageal erosion, or lesions, or an ulcerated esophagus. I am seeking answers and help.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I use Nexium for my GERD, and most of my symptoms have been resolved. However, occasionally I experience extremely uncomfortable reflux that goes into my throat and nose. Fortunately, this only happens three or four times a year.

Comment from: Grace, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I was diagnosed with acid reflux many years ago. My initial symptom was throat pain and the sensation that something was stuck in my throat. I was prescribed Nexium 40mg twice a day. After 2 weeks the pain went away but the "lump" sensation in my throat remained. I stayed on my regiment of Nexium for a year before my dose was reduced to once a day. I had several test to see determine how bad my reflux was which showed "mild" reflux. My "lump" feeling never quite went away and sometimes felt worst after taking the meds. After talking with my doctor I decided to go off my meds to see what would happen. I was no worst off so I now take an over the counter Prevacid as needed. My only symptom to this day is the lump in the throat.

Comment from: LRZ, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 10

I have been prescribed Nexium. My problem is that I usually get a nasty cough, and very often I wake up at night. The cough lasts approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours after which everything goes back to normal. Nexium helped me at the beginning but now it is not working now.

Comment from: HerdyGerdyMan, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 14

I was finally diagnosed with GERD a number of months ago. My symptoms are: burning pain in stomach (a sort of a cramp), cough and bad taste in mouth in the morning particularly, stomach makes strange noises not unlike a cat! It is worse when I lay down, so it affects sleeping. I cannot sleep in anymore. I don't get the throat thing so am wondering do I actually have GERD or something else.

Comment from: Barbie W, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

I was diagnosed with what the gastroenterologist called mild GERD in my upper divestitive tract. It had a sudden on-set, and I have been battling with it for the past year and a half. I underwent a barium swallow and a stomach ultra sound in which that gastroenterologist I was seeing diagnosed the GERD. I was taking Pepcid and some clonazepam for a bit of anxiety. This gastro doc prescribed Omeprazole which only made me feel worse. In fact, all of the prescriptions PPIs don't seem to have helped very much at all. I don't have the chest pain, but I do have a slight shortness of breath, and sometimes my chest has what I can only describe as a "feathery" feel to it, and sometimes it feels like my esophagus and throat are dry. I have developed a cough. I am seeing another gastroenterologist who, last week, attempted to do an Upper GI with a Bravo pill to see what is causing all the gas in my upper digestive tract, but, because he was unable to properly sedate me, could not attach the Bravo or do the endoscopy as planned. I want to hear from someone out there who might have the same symptoms as I do, or might have had in the past, these include lots of belching, shortness of breath, and lots of reflux when I take the PPIs.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

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