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Gastroesophageal reflux disease occurs in up to 50% of pregnant women. As in the non-pregnant patients, reflux occurs when there is a decrease in lower esophageal sphincter pressure or an increase in intra-abdominal pressure. The two major factors that promote gastroesophageal reflux in pregnant women are changes in hormones and the growing fetus. Changes in levels of estrogen and progesterone result in a decrease in the lower esophageal sphincter pressure thereby increasing acid reflux . Additionally, the growing fetus causes an increase in intra-abdominal pressure, resulting in an increase in the development of reflux.
What can be done to prevent or treat gastroesophageal reflux disease in pregnancy? Lifestyle modifications can prevent increases in intra-abdominal pressure and decreases in lower esophageal sphincter pressure that promote reflux. Here's a list of both ways to prevent and treat gastroesophageal reflux in pregnancy.
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Chronic cough and even chest pain can be caused by acid reflux. This can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are often not associated with classic symptoms of acid reflux, such as heartburn . [Editor's note: If you're experiencing chest pain, it's important to talk to your doctor immediately about whether heart conditions could be causing the symptoms you're experiencing. See common heart attack symptoms here .] Frequently, cough and chest pain related to acid reflux require double doses of acid-reducing agents for longer periods of time than is typically required to treat heartburn. If you are experiencing a chronic cough or chest pain, check with your doctor immediately. Remember to speak with your physician about your symptoms and treatments. My blog is not for individual treatment or practice. More information on acid reflux drugs More common questions about acid reflux cough answered by our doctor
Generic Name: GUAIFENESIN - ORAL Pronounced: (gwye-FEN-e-sin) Cough Control (Guaifenesin) Oral Uses
Guaifenesin is used to treat coughs and congestion caused
by the common cold, bronchitis, and other breathing illnesses. This product is
usually not used for ongoing cough from smoking or long-term breathing problems
(such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema) unless directed by your doctor.
Guaifenesin is an expectorant. It works by thinning and loosening mucus in the
airways, clearing congestion, and making breathing easier.
If you are self-treating with this medication, it is
important to read the package instructions carefully before you start using
this product to be sure it is right for you. (See also Precautions
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically
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