• Acid Reflux

    Asked by ogtxaggiemom on Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    Acid Reflux

    My husband has esophageal cancer. He had chemo and radiation and was suppose to then have surgery but after treatment they discovered his cancer had moved to his liver. His acid reflux is now totally out of control with him taking Omprazole 40 mg twice a day, Zantac 300 mg at bedtime and anything else over the counter that will help...we have also totally changed his diet. Any suggestions or has anyone else had any of these problems?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • ddkk3's Avatar

      Have you asked his oncologist? I am on protonix 40 mg/day for acid reflux and it is a lifesaver!!! Before chemo, I never had an issue with heartburn or anything but one smart doctor put me on it anyway. When I finished my rx and didn't have any more refills, I decided not to get another rx for it because I felt fine. Boy, was that a big mistake! The heartburn was pretty bad so I asked my oncologist right away and he gave me some more. Now I have zero issues with reflux if I take it daily and I don't even have to change my diet at all. I hope this helps.

      over 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Have you tried probiotics in things like kefir or tablets? Activia has 10 probiotics in it and these things can help with acid reflux. Also check into Cancer cook books to see if those foods might help. Coat foods with olive oil as much as possible too.
      I am very sorry to hear of the cancer spread. Is surgery to remiove it an option. I know of many diffrent types of cancer that are removed from the liver because the Liver regenerates.
      Don't take "NO" for an answer.

      All the best,

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Sometimes we get reactions from certain treatments that can cause not so much of an allergic reaction, but more of a hypersensitivity.When that happens our immune system goes into overdrive.I am sure that during chemo, your husband was given Benedryl. That is a first generation histamine blocker (H1). Newer H1 drugs that don't make you sleepy are Allegra or Claritin, they are considered a newer generation of HI blockers. There are also H2 blockers that address the hypersensitivity in the GI tract. Over the counter, the most popular is Pepsid. You might want to try the Pepsid in place of the Ranitidine (Zantac). It might prove to be better equipted for his complaint. Best of luck to you, Carm RN. A note: Your first dose of it should be doubled as a bolus and then from that point on...take as directed.

      over 4 years ago

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