I have tried Tums,Pepcid and my doctor even put me on Nexium 20mg and nothing seems to even ease it off and it gets worse when I lay down.
I like a big spoon of my (for- baking- Baking Soda) as opposed to my stale,
cold fridge box* ... LOL... Mixed up in a mug of warm water. Also, I am a big
fan of Alka Seltzer, too. Works great for us and always available in the middle
of the nite or fooball game etc. Inexpensive for us,dumpster divers, too!****
Hope you get relief from that mean heartburn, Amy!
Elevate the head of your bed about 4 inches. Put the wheels on blocks. That way you can still sleep the way you always did but your head is higher then your stomach and gravity helps keep it down. Alcohol is very bad with indigestion. So stay away from that a few hours before bed. I take prevacid every day and don't have much of a problem with it that way.
Everybody gave you good advice. Watch what you eat, drink plenty of water, and dont eat for 2-3 hours before bedtime so that you are not digesting food when you lay down to sleep. Avoiding caffeine is important. Also, be sure you take your medications about an hour before bed. Taking certain medications close to bedtime can cause heartburn because the drugs in your stomach back up into the esophagus. As Km mentioned, elevating the head of bed helps or sleeping propped on pillows can help. The best thing is to try to have a fairly empty stomach at bedtime-no food or meds close to bed time. If you do get heart burn, baking soda is a good remedy as long as you dont have problems with sodium. As Mac mentioned, Gaviscon is one of the best antiacids out there that I have used.
Did u ever try protonix??? I was on that and it worked very well for me but had to go off of it do to personal issues, not because the med didn't work..so u might want to talk to your doc about protonix... good luck and keep me posted as to how it works if doc prescribes it for u...
I went to a GI doc.got checked to be sure I didn't have an ulcer. My endocrinologist gave me ranitidine. After a while it wasn't enough. He then double it and it worked well. I have prescription insurance and it is a lot cheaper prescribed generic than over the counter. Stay in touch with the doctor in case this doesn't work. He will try one of the others.
If you are still having issues since you posted, you should be tested for H pylori. It is a stubborn bacteria that causes upset along with a possible ulcer. In turn can cause dramatic weight loss over time. If this is the case, expect to be treated for fourteen days with two antibiotics and an antacid.
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