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Q: My wife is pregnant and she has been suffering from a lot of heartburn. Why is this happening and what can she do? A: Assure your wife that she is not alone! Heartburn occurs in up to half of pregnant women. While it is usually mild, at times it can be very severe and treatment can be challenging. While heartburn in non-pregnant patients is typically easily treated with medications, it is still unclear just how safe these medications are to your developing baby. Causes of heartburn in pregnancy Reflux of acid from the stomach into the esophagus causes heartburn in pregnant women, just like in non-pregnant patients. Certain factors, however, make this more prevalent in pregnancy. First of all, the change in the levels of estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy work on the lower esophageal sphincter muscle between the stomach and esophagus, weakening it, and thereby increasing the chance of reflux. Secondly, the increased abdominal pressure caused by the growing fet...
Generic Name: CIMETIDINE - ORAL Pronounced: (sye-MET-uh-deen) Heartburn Oral Precautions
Before taking ranitidine, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to it; or to other H2 histamine blockers (e.g., cimetidine,
famotidine); 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.
This medication should not be used if you have certain
medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or
pharmacist if you have:
a certain blood disorder (porphyria)
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
immune system problems
lung diseases (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary
other stomach problems (e.g., tumors)
Some symptoms may actually be signs of a...
Generic Name: ALUMINUM/MAGNESIUM ANTACID - ORAL Pronounced: (a-LOO-mi-num/mag-NEE-zee-um) Heartburn Antacid Oral Precautions
Before taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to aluminum hydroxide; or to magnesium; 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
If you have any of the following health problems, consult
your doctor or pharmacist before using this product:
frequent alcohol use
severe loss of body water (dehydration/fluid
kidney problems (including kidney stones)
This medicine may contain aspartame. If you have
phenylketonuria (PKU) or any other condition that requires you to restrict your
intake of aspartame (or phenylalanine), consult your doctor or pharmacist about
using this drug safely.
During pregnancy, this medication sh...
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