• Have you ever been told that taking antacid/acid reflux medicines will increase the chances of stomach cancer?

    Asked by LisaR on Sunday, November 19, 2017

    Have you ever been told that taking antacid/acid reflux medicines will increase the chances of stomach cancer?

    This article seems to say so: Taking Acid Reflux Meds Linked to Higher Risk of Stomach Cancer

    http://www.firstforwomen.com/posts/taking-acid-reflux-meds-linked-to-higher-risk-of-stomach-cancer-147027

    17 Answers from the Community

    17 answers
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Every single toxic drug can cause cancer and other illnesses. It's just a balancing act...

      over 3 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      No I hadnt heard this and one would (foolishly) think that a drug which doubled and a half the risk of a cancer and could even cause early termination without symptoms would not only not be over the counter but would be over and out.

      There are other ways of reducing acid reflux.

      Sheessh

      over 3 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      How does that compare with the incidence of esophageal cancers when acid reflux is not treated or treated other ways?

      over 3 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      What acid reflux meds do is eat away at your bones- cause bone loss. They help prevent cancer as Barbara Bham says. If it did cause cancer my GI and the GIs through the years would have told me. Talk to your doctor seriously about calcium intake---

      I take Zantac- an acid neutralizer- the other inhibit the production of stomach acid-pump inhibitors.

      I drove my doctors crazy this spring, because with the Whooping Cough, my over active sinuses set off my stomach acid- I was drowning in mucous. I was taking over 3,000 mgs of Zantac a day.

      You can't do that. I called wimps and told them to shut up-- Air Force GIs let me know that I could take 3600 mgs a day if needed. I told my current doctors this. One said- if that was true Zantac would make pills larger than 300 mgs and smiled. I told him that I used to take 900 mg pills. Doctors used to be concerned about the patient living, instead of them being sued. He researched the history and found they did make 900 mg pills.

      I did lose bone mass in my left hip from being bed ridden for over 3 months, while I took the Zantac this spring. All I can say-- Get calcium in you and do weight bearing exercises- sit in a chair and lift weights if you have bad legs , knees, and/or hips.

      Are you trying to control the GERD with dietary and life style habits-? No carbonation, no caffeine,
      no alcohol, no chocolate, no spicy food, no onions, no garlic, Don't eat anything before you go to bed--elevate your head while you sleep. Don't over load your stomach. Small portions.

      Good luck, but listen to Barbara---

      over 3 years ago
    • Newby2Cancer's Avatar
      Newby2Cancer

      I have read that if you have acid reflux a lot that it is a sign of esophagus cancer.

      over 3 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Newby2Cancer, the actual fact is that acid reflux untreated can CAUSE esophageal cancer. The acid causes ulcers. It can keep you awake and make you feel miserable.

      If you can't elevate your body and head in bed, a recliner will work. There's a flap between your stomach and esophagus that loses elasticity as you age and allows stomach contents to go back up if you lie down. If you have acid reflux, you should take it seriously.

      I had stomach cancer, but I had acid reflux for years before.

      over 3 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Newby-listen to Barbara---A sunburn means that a person is more likely to develop a skin cancer. A sunburn does not mean that a person does have cancer. Many sunburns can cause cancer- but some people still don't get skin or any other type of cancer.

      GERD- Heart Burn- is like a sun burn inside of your stomach. A person needs to prevent heart burn and needs to prevent sunburn.

      GERD and Sunburns are a warning that we might get cancer.

      The stomach acid sort of boils up and causes acid burns. If the heartburn isn't controlled, the acid can burn out that flap- then the acid burns the throat and goes into the nose. I have color pictures of the burns in my throat.

      Doctors ask me when my esophageal flap was burned out- I tell them -before 1980-- Yes, I sleep with my head up- no I don't drink a strong cup of coffee before I go to bed. No I don't eat onions. I know more about acid reflux then some of the young doctors. I am very happy that my current GI doesn't treat me like an idiot, and he never sent me for a diet consult.

      GERD causes cancer-- cancer does not cause GERD. Diet-stress-cause GERD

      over 3 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Meyati, I've never heard you say the acid went into your nose, and I didn't know the flap actually burned out. Can they rebuild it to make you more comfortable?

      I went to your Wall to tell you I had been thinking about you and Stonewall, and read how he's doing.

      over 3 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      I have decades of endoscopy pics that show this-larger burnt area and blacker each time. I've had this since I was about 8 years old. I've said in the past that my mom wasn't very nice. At least I didn't develop all sorts of mental-emotional conditions- but GERD, high blood pressure, and IBS did happen. We pay the price for things like that.

      I got married to a wonderful Texan, and my BP went down and mostly stayed low. My husband had 5 or 6 tours in Vietnam. My stomach flared up really bad during his 2nd tour.

      Anyway, they decided that I wasn't going to get cancer from any of it, because I didn't get it.

      Anyway- sleeping and having the acid go up your throat and nose is scary- It hurts-burns- leaves a person wanting to gasp in pain, but unable to. If it even goes up my throat a little bit, I cough for a few days. The Navy and Air Force said that I should aspirate-get fluid in my lungs- but that just doesn't happen.

      Anyway-we can't ignore GERD- we need to take our heartburn meds- do what our doctors and dietitians tell us to do-and keep our heads held high.

      over 3 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I get acid reflux when I bend over a lot. And yes I have had it go into my sinuses. It usually goes into the sinus that had been injured. The Dr. has prescribe OTC Omeprazole which I take when ginger tea fails . I need to have my esophagus stretched about every two years. For three months after the endoscopy my Dr. proscribes prescription level Omeprazole for three months after. The Dr.s have said that acid reflux could trigger a return of the cancer to the original site.
      Barbara is right acid reflux can cause esophageal cancer. Thus the smoking, drinking and greed stigma of esophageal cancer.
      Meyati is correct we need to do what the medical professionals tell us. Also we need to research our medications and keep up on the latest developments
      Thanks Lisa for the article

      over 3 years ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      Well GREAT! I was just placed on a prescription pump inhibitor . I have struggled with acid reflux for years. I was diagnosed years ago with gastritis throug having a endoscopy. Placed on intermittent over the counter pump inhibitor for several years along with handy dandy Tums. Then had uptake in belching and stomach reflex which was thought to be the gastritis but told I had GERD. Turned out the uptick was being caused by ascites from the cancer. Interestingly , GERD symptoms mainly abated all through chemo treatments then started back up a few months ago. Almost sleeping straight up in bed and have had some relief from tums but as BoiseB stated acid reflex when bending over ,have a feeling as if someone has their hands around my neck. No doubt part of this is a result of the flap or sphincter between the stomach and esophagus weakening as my ENT told me. Have not tried the H2 blockers like Pepcid. Will stay on this medication for the three months until I see my doctor again and ask him about them. His concern was esophageal cancer also. I was always clearing my throat too. Has anyone ever noticed hoe wiped out the antacid section in a store looks. At Wal Art the other day, I was surprised at all the low inventory or blank spaces. Something tells me A. we have a lot of company or B. Someone does not know how to order, or C . Both A and B.

      over 3 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Lynne have you tried ginger or peppermint tea. There is also ginger candy. This might be a good time of the year to stock up on some REAL peppermint candy. I also get bulk crystalized ginger and eat some of it. So far as I know REAL peppermint and REAL ginger root are not pump inhibitors

      over 3 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      ginger and peppermint are acid neutralizers. I just buy Zantac-- I find that sinus drainage sets my stomach acid into overdrive. So I work very hard to control my sinus.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      You know, I like tea and have been drinking green tea several times daily. I do have sinus issues that may be caused by the reflux. Will try some ginger tea. I thought that peppermint was a gastric irritant though.

      over 3 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Lynne- last night on the news- we watched a report that a cup of coffee is good and prevents cancer , then we saw a report where another expert said that coffee causes cancer.

      If this works for you- keep on doing it. if It does cause acid- stop- and don't worry about it. A good share of people anywhere are trying to make a name for their self- My daughter had a professor that was ground breaking in skin grafts in white lab rats. He was on TV-went to Congress-everything- then some guests flew here- and one just washed his hands-didn't get them dry. The ink from the black rat skin graft came off on his wet hands- BUSTED-----

      So what's to stop somebody asking people if coffee makes them sick -- It's sort of stupid---go to a cancer clinic---Who has cancer- they raise their hands--- Did you drink coffee? YES--

      Go somewhere---Do you have cancer? NO-- do you drink coffee? Yes Actually the pro coffee was done in England-mostly a tea drinking population- and the study was done on cancer patients- many of them has less secondary cancers than the tea drinkers.

      The moral of the story is to be careful- moderate-and do what was best for you.

      over 3 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Ginger tea is great. I'm sorry BoiseB but they say that peppermint tea can worsten acid reflux. I have no personal experience in this matter.

      The papain (enzyme) from an unripe papaya can help. I wonder if the core enzyme from pineapple (bromalain) might also help?

      I have a gf who has such issues and she eats crappy. She goes out a lot, high fat, overcooked veggies, too many grains and yadda yadda. She also exercises quite a bit but is overweight. Go figure.

      I also think that aloe vera (yes you can eat/drink the stuff if there are no additives) might be a godsend for those who suffer this affliction.

      More raw or lightly steamed brighly colored fruit and veggies.

      The grain used for your bread may be genetically modified or finished off with Round Up (glysophate) and some other herbacides which could actually be causing the reflux.

      MHO only, of course.

      Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

      over 3 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      geekling-- one clue is acid--- we can't really eat foods with acids- we shouldn't eat tomatoes, onions, citrus, vinegar, even tea has tannic acid. coffee has it's own acids-and these acids can eat into our stomach linings, That cause our natural acids to be more painful..

      over 3 years ago

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