My doctor use to prescribe Donnatal and Xylocaine for me to mix with Maalox and use when my hiatal hernia flared up. I can't seem to get Donnatal in my area and the copay on Xylocaine is extremely high. Are there any other drugs that can be mixed together to make the GI Cocktail?
A hiatus hernia, or hiatal hernia, is when part of the stomach squeezes up into the chest through an opening ("hiatus") in the diaphragm. Often there are no symptoms but if stomach acid leaks into the oesophagus it can cause heartburn or an unpleasant sour taste in your mouth. Lifestyle changes like eating smaller and more frequent meals, not lying down straight after a meal, avoiding trigger foods and drinks and regular exercise may help. Treatment of symptoms is usually either by neutralizing acid with antacids (Maalox, Mylanta) or blocking acid secretion with H2-receptor blocking drugs (Zantac, Pepcid) or the more potent proton pump inhibitors (Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec). Your doctor should be able to offer more advice.
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