Dr. Todd Eisner answers some questions readers have posted in the last few weeks. Find new information on natural remedies for heartburn, common reactions to GERD drugs and what coughing up blood could really mean.
1. Hi, I'm 25 years old & have recently been diagnosed with acid reflux . I've been put on omeprazole , which in my opinion has done nothing to help my symptoms , which are a tightness in my throat, pressure like swallowing a lump. Also in the past week I've begun to have severe pain in my abdomen right below the breast bone. Now the newest problem is a phlegmy cough I can't seem to get rid of. Any suggestions on what I'm doing wrong?
Acid reflux can be very difficult to treat and can cause many symptoms outside of the esophagus such as cough and throat pain, but the first thing you need to do is make sure that you have the correct diagnosis. The fact that you no longer have heartburn while taking omeprazole is a good indication that the heartburn was actual...
Generic Name: FAMOTIDINE - ORAL Pronounced: (fam-OH-tih-dine) Heartburn Prevention Oral Precautions
Before taking famotidine, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to it; or to other acid blockers (e.g., cimetidine,
ranitidine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain
inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
If you have any of the following health problems, consult
your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication:
other stomach problems (e.g., tumors)
Some symptoms may actually be signs of a more serious
condition. Tell your doctor immediately if you have:
chest pain or shoulder/jaw pain (especially with trouble
heartburn for longer than 3 months
heartburn combined with
pain spreading to arm...
Alternative Names Pain - breast; Mastalgia; Mastodynia; Breast tenderness Home Care If you have painful breasts, the following may help: Take medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen Use heat or ice on the breast Wear a well-fitting bra that supports your breasts Although some women believe that reducing the amount of fat, caffeine, or chocolate in their diet helps with their symptoms, there is no good evidence that this helps. Vitamine E, thiamine, magnesium, and evening primrose oil are not harmful, but in most studies they have not shown any benefit. Before taking any medication or supplement, be sure to talk with your health care provider. Certain birth control pills may help relieve breast pain. Ask your health care provider if this therapy is right for you. Call your health care provider if Call your health care provider if you have: Bloody or clear discharge from your nipple Given birth within the last week and your breasts are swollen or hard Noticed a new lump with the pain that does...
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