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    Anyone have any good suggestions/cures for heartburn, acid reflux.

    Asked by Mel on Friday, November 2, 2012

    Anyone have any good suggestions/cures for heartburn, acid reflux.

    had for the past few weeks doesn't matter if I eat or don't eat. Don't know what's going on but sure is annoying.

    22 Answers from the Community

    22 answers
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      My friend swears by a slice of apple when she experiences reflux. I swear by medications for reflux. Also helped to cut back on dairy products.

      almost 8 years ago
    • GGP's Avatar

      I have had these problems for years, I used to take Tagamet, that stopped working. Took Zantac for a while, that quit working, now I use prilosec, a generic version, and it has been working for over a year now. If I miss it a couple days I can tell it.

      Hope you find something that will work for you.

      Greg P
      Team WhatNext

      almost 8 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      You might try taking Prilosec every morning. It's supposed to work througout the day to control acid reflux. Be sure and clear it with your oncologist first. Hope you feel better!!

      almost 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      gaviscon liquid antacid is great, (My gastroenterologist recommend it several years ago, and the oncology nurse I work with also gives it a heads up). Other over the counter meds that work are Pepcid, and Prevacid. I am also on Protonix which is a prescription med. You may want to talk to your Oncology team and/or have a consult with a gastroenterologist to discus treating the condition in the context of of your treatment.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Bellamore's Avatar

      I suffered horrible acid reflux. I am now taking Aciphex in combination with Sucraflate and haven't suffered any acid reflux since starting the combo.

      almost 8 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Omeprazole. Do not eat late in the day. Avoid greasy foods. Get a wedge upper-body pillow that will raise your head and torso so that you may sleep better. Wife had severe reflux - such that she developed a pre-cancerous (Barrett's) esophagus. She had surgery to correct it, but there are many steps short of that which will provide relief.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar

      This may sound funny but my husband puts yellow mustard on a saltine cracker and says it helps.

      almost 8 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar

      You should talk to your doctor. My chemo doc was adamant about me taking my meds for heartburn.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Taagbu's Avatar

      Over the summer the treatment I had gave me Horrible reflux. The only thing that worked was apple cider vinegar. Put 2 tablespoons in 8 oz of Luke warm water. Sounds weird, but it worked!

      almost 8 years ago
    • raven's Avatar

      I have had good results using doTERRA DigestZen essential oil diluted (1/2 tspn olive oil -2 or 3 drops od DigestZen) rubbed on my stomach. I ordered it on line from the doTERRA website.

      almost 8 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      I took over-the-counter Zantac 150 twice a day. Thankfully it did the trick.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Marianne's Avatar

      Candied ginger. After my 2nd chemo treatment I had the worst heartburn ever. Tried every med with no relief. Finally ate some candied ginger. Heartburn gone within 10 minutes. Try it. Nothing to lose. Let us know if it works for you.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      I take Zantac 150 every night prior to bed. It really does the job. I know it's weird since someone posted to cut back on dairy products but a glass of cold milk always helps me too, providing instant relief.

      almost 8 years ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar

      Mel...must be very common as I recall my Oncologist kept asking me if I needed anything for reflux.

      almost 8 years ago
    • sszafar29's Avatar

      Please make sure thats what is is! My Drs. ordered dexilant,and after one month still issues, Ct scan showed some movement of my cancer,which was almost gone!

      almost 8 years ago
    • bp440's Avatar

      My husband has had a real battle with the reflux. He has been on Protonix (once a day) for GERDS prior to chemotherapy and his oncologist has increased it to twice a day. Of course his insurance wouldn't allow it without a written letter from his physician. I paid for one refill out of pocket until it got resolved. Even with the increased dosage, he still has days that are still bad. He takes an antacid as well. I try to reduce the amount of acid in meals during this time period. It seems to calm down about 7 days after chemo.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Snooks' Avatar

      I developed GERD while a patient in the hospital after my first mastectomy. I honestly believe that if I had been given an antacid right away, I would not have had a recurring problem with acid reflux. Come to find out the chemo burned my esophagas and I had to have it stretched for the next 24 months. It was a nightmare. My advice is to start taking an acid reducer about 10 minutes before you eat, to eat small bites and to eat slow. You may also have to change your diet for a while. Prevacid was prescribed for me, but I found a cheaper pill at Costco which worked just as good.

      almost 8 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      What the candied ginger, the apple cider vinegar and the apple all have in common is that they alkalize the body. The ginger is actually mildly antiseptic & fights nausea and indigestion. Ginger root has a long tradition as a folk remedy for systemic and local infections. Apple cider vinegar has enzymes and beneficial bacteria.

      We all know about doctors and their aversion to apples :-)

      Seriously, add a little honey (also antiseptic and full of enzymes) and a small pinch of cayenne (yep, the hot stuff) to the (peeled) ginger, the apple, and the vinegar and you have quite a nice drink for a blender/juicer. Add some carrot and you have something not only helpful but which tastes mighty fine.

      If you are having chemotherapy related taste issues, try juicing a couple of celery ribs and cucumber, and using ginger as an accent. Add the apple if you need more sweet. If you don't have a blender or juicer, make a small salad out of these things and top with a few dried spices (turmeric, cumin, coriander, hint of cayenne). You might squeeze a little lemon juice over this salad but just a bit.

      You have to eat.

      Feel better soon.

      almost 8 years ago
    • ElizaM's Avatar

      My regular GP just prescribed Omeprazole 40 mg capsules yesterday for my acid reflux, taking 1 capsule every morning and will take about 4 days to kick in. Possible side effects according to pharmacist could be constipation or the reverse! so what else is new!? She suffers from it too although she's only in her 30s and hasn't gone through chemo. Never had a problem with it before chemo - just one of those blasted side effects. Anyway - I don't think it matters what we eat or drink, it's just there as a really annoying symptoms of the punishment our bodies have endured. Hope this helps.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      Hi Mel,
      I have had this problem since my first treatment. I do best while on the medication everyday. I find that Cinnamon or mint help for those times when I want everything to relax. I try not to drink milk or eat eggs because I have found that they can make my symptoms worse. For now I would really recommend the daily medications. It may be stress or a side affect from treatment. only time will really tell. Take care! Tracy

      almost 8 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      My onc Rx Nexium for me as the over the counter meds didn't work for me......Talk to your oncologist......see what he wants you to take....Hugs....Karen

      almost 8 years ago
    • Afterglow's Avatar

      I agree with the comments po18guy made, but would emphasize the need to see a gastroenterologist. I, too, have had a problem with acid reflux (GERG) for the last 15 years, much longer than the cancer. I also had developed Barrett's Esophagus which, as po18guy indicated can become cancerous, and we don't need yet another one. The only way to determine if there has been any esophageal damage, e.g., Barrett's Esophagus, to have an EGD. The doctor can then make the necessary recommendations as to diet, medication, etc. In my case, surgery was not required, but I am on omerpazole daily for the rest of my life and have had to change my diet to a low fat diet, and no eating for 2-3 hours before bed time. By the way, if you are put on a proton pump inhibitor, such as omerpazone, it will be necessary to watch your calcium intake. The proton pump inhibitors interfere with the absorption of calcium, more so with calcium carbonate than calcium citrate. You'll want to talk to your doctor about this, also. The good news is that GERD can be controlled.

      almost 8 years ago

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