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Saturday, September 20, 2008 Cheryl, Community Member, asks

Q: What else can I use if the prilosec doesn't work?

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Casey McNulty, Health Guide
9/24/08 4:30pm

Hi Cheryl,


Thank you for your question. From what you've said, I don't know exactly what you're looking for. I don't know if you've tried anything else, or even if you're treating yourself (as opposed to a child or spouse). I can still try to give you some useful information. Prilosec is an over-the-counter Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI). It is the only PPI availabe over the counter, but there are several more available with a prescription (Nexium, Protonix, Aciphex, and Prevacid). There is another class of medications that is available over the counter, called H2 Blockers. These include antacids such as Tums and Rolaids, and can be used to treat acid reflux. I would recommend speaking with a doctor or pharmacist so that you can get better information about your particular situation. I hope this helps! 



Vicki M, Health Guide
9/25/08 3:23pm

Hi Cheryl,


There are several things you can do to help the acid reflux. Here are some tips.


  • First of all, try to eat small, frequent meals instead of three big meals a day. Small amounts of food each time would exert less workload on the stomach and therefore requires less acid secretion for digestion. Make sure to include foods that are high in complex carbohydrates in each meal. These foods, such as rice, breads and pasta, are able to tie up excess stomach acid and are often easy on the stomach.
  • Avoid high-fat meals such as those from the fast food chains. High fat foods will remain in the stomach longer, thus causing the need for more stomach acid in order to digest them.
  • But remember, don't overeat! Eating too much of any foods will stimulate the stomach to secret more acids for digestion.
  • Avoid or limit alcohol
  • Maintain upright position during and at least 45 minutes after eating
  • Also People with heartburn should avoid or reduce consumption of foods and beverages that contain caffeine, chocolate, peppermint, spearmint, and alcohol. Both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee increase acid secretion.
  • All carbonated drinks increase the risk for GERD.
  • Although physicians often advise patients with GERD to cut down on fatty foods, studies are finding no evidence that a low-fat or high-fat meal make any difference in symptom exacerbation. Better studies are needed to confirm this. In any case, as a rule, it is always wise to avoid saturated fats (which are from animal products), and cut down on all fats if one is overweight.
  • Increasing protein may help strengthen muscles in the muscle valve. Patients should choose low-fat or skim dairy products, poultry, or fish, in such cases.
  • Whole grain products rich in selenium may have some protective role against dangerous cells changes in Barrett's esophagus.
  • Patients should have a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, although avoid acidic vegetables and fruits (e.g., oranges, lemons, grapefruit, pineapple, tomatoes).

Your doctor prescribed Prilosec (Omeprazole ) medication for GERD, but you can also read about other medications here in the drugs database.


Take care and stay in touch and let us know how you are doing!

Vicki M

dlm0823, Community Member
4/29/12 10:50pm

Our miracle drug is apple cider vinegar.  Take two tablespoons before a big meal and also before bedtime mixed with water.  The capsules work just as well as the actual vinegar.  

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