My daughter had severe reflux as a baby. By 4 years of age we were able to get her off of all of her meds. When she was 9 she developed a chronic cough that we couldn't get rid of with asthma meds, or allergy meds. So remembering an article I had read about the respiratory issues with reflux, we put her back on the Prevacid she was taking as a baby. Cough went away. We stopped the allergy meds and the asthma meds. Cough stayed away. Stopped the Prevacid, cough came back. Back on Prevacid cough gone.
I have been taking Prevacid myself for the past year and a half. Last winter was the first winter in years that I didn't suffer from 3+ bouts of bronchitis and laryngitis. My sister used to always complain about my chronic cough. Well, the other night I asked her if she'd noticed it's gone. Gone ever since I started taking Prevacid regularly.
So, if you suspect you are having the same issue, you should talk to your doctor about the different medication alternatives such as proton pump inhibitors (Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium, etc.), H2 blockers (Zantac, Prevacid, etc.)
This link gives you more details about the less commonly known symptoms of reflux:
Good Luck - Stephanie
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