Why does 2 beers or 2 mixed drinks seem to destroy the affect of gerd medicines; including Prilosec and Aciphex? Other gerd medicines do me no good.
Alcohol and caffeinated beverages will make these symptoms much worse, even in moderation. Its best to avoid alcohol completely if you don't want your symptoms returning. You might want to look into Nexium as an alternative.
I saw your response about not wanting to give up alcohol. Sadly that is one of things you have to accept or adjust around(which you will eventually have to come to terms with it most likely).
It is not just the alcohol that is hurting you in the stomach and throat areas aka "destroy the affect of gerd medicines" .
The carbonation from mixers and chasers also factor into this. Sodas are triply bad for having carbonation, caffeine and/or citric acid in them. Those three are bad news for you individuality, together you have a triple smack down.
Plus you have to factor in the strength of the alcohol. The higher the proof the more damage(aka burn) you feel is weakening, if not damaging the protective linings. Everything is a cumulative effect.
You really want to stay ahead of this, or you can get to a point where you can't have soda and/or a glass of ice tea with getting sick from it. Ketchup and/or mustard even in small a proportions will seem like its brutal hot sauce burning the whole way down pain and after effects for consuming it... Different mixtures may mean you can eat only certain pizza but not others, generally the more bland and like cardboard the food tastes the more it will be in your diet.
Stepping back about chasers/mixers, fruit juices can be real hash for the citric acid levels. So that glass of orange juice can be real harsh especially depending on how it is made and if it comes in the "bag in a box" from a soda gun in bars/restaurants type options... Try just the chasers and see how you feel. You might be surprised for hoe they alone hurt you but don't take that as a reason to drink because alcohol eats away at the lining and aggravates any other issues in the GI tract. The double blow because of the effects you may not feel the pain as warning side until the next day when things are sober and raw where everything hurts somewhat to consume.
Nothing you want to hear. I wish someone would have told be so i didn't learn it all the hard way...
Plus additional medications can make this even more of a loosing battle.
So If this becomes something permanent ,you will have to make dietary and beverage choices changes. Which everyone will not understand what you lost but say/praise that is good for you to only drink water. While they chug away everything bad right in front of you talk about hypocrites adding insult to injury with a side of temptation/torture to you... Meanwhile if you mention missing a good stout/beer/merlot they(medical community and many others) claim that is an indicator of alcoholism even if you miss it in the way you miss a glass of orange juice or having a well seasoned stake and/or any foreign and exotic spicy foods... So watch your wording as some friendly advice.
I hope your situation is temporary and not a permanent one. Which once you get your body back healed, you can go back to enjoy all the food and beverages of your choice.
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