Is it acid reflux or bile reflux? Q: I had been experiencing a lot of heartburn but that seems to have decreased with Nexium . I still however, get a lot of regurgitation of liquid into my throat. Is this acid reflux? A: As your heartburn has improved, while the regurgitation can still be related to acid, you may also be refluxing bile. While this is more common in patients that have had prior surgery of the upper gastrointestinal tract, it can also occur after gallbladder surgery, ulcer disease and previous damage to the pylorus (of the stomach). Bile reflux is frequently associated with acid reflux, and can cause damage to both the stomach ( gastritis ) and the esophagus ( esophagitis ). Causes and Treatment The treatment of bile reflux typically involves medication that either results in an increased flow of bile through the digestive tract ( such as Urso ), or that binds the bile ( Carafate ). You should check with your doctor about the possibility of you having ...
Highlights Overview: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which acids from the stomach flow back up into the esophagus ("food pipe"). About half of American adults experience GERD at least once a month. People of all ages are susceptible to GERD. Elderly people with GERD tend to have a more serious condition than younger people. The hallmark symptoms of GERD are:
Heartburn : a burning sensation in the chest and throat. Regurgitation : a sensation of acid backed up in the esophagus. Typical symptoms in infants include frequent regurgitation, irritability, arching the back, choking or gagging, and resisting feedings. Risk Factors for GERD: Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to GERD in their third trimester, as the growing uterus puts increasing pressure on the stomach. Obesity contributes to GERD, and it may increase the risk for erosive esophagitis (severe inflammation in the esophagus) in GERD patients. Increasing evidence indicates that smoking raises the risk for GER...
Generic Name: CIMETIDINE - ORAL Pronounced: (sye-MET-uh-deen) Heartburn Oral Uses
Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers of the stomach and
intestines and prevent them from returning after treatment. This medication is
also used to treat and prevent certain stomach and throat (esophagus) problems
caused by too much stomach acid (e.g., Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, erosive
esophagitis) or a backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus
(gastroesophageal reflux disease-GERD).
Ranitidine is known as an H2 histamine blocker. It works
by reducing the amount of acid in your stomach. This helps heal and prevent
ulcers and improves symptoms such as heartburn and stomach
This medication is also available without a prescription.
It is used to prevent and treat heartburn and other symptoms caused by too much
acid in the stomach (acid indigestion). If you are taking this medication for
self-treatment, it is important to read the manufact...
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