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Todd Eisner

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Todd wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Digestive Health.

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Water Brash and Other Pressing GERD Questions, Answered!

Read Dr. Eisner’s answers to the latest community questions What is water brash, what causes it and what treatments are available? Water brash is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) casued essentially by regurgitation of acid from the ...

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Marijuana for GERD and Other Pressing Q's, Answered!

Could marijuana smoking be the cause of GERD? The effect of marijuana on the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease is controversial. A study in 2002 showed that animals given a synthetic marijuana-like substance had an 80% reduction in transien...

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Natural Hearburn Remedies and Other GERD Q's, Answered!

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 ...

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Best Time to Take Aciphex and Other GERD Q's, Answered!

When is the best time to take my Aciphex? Typically, the best time to take Aciphex and other proton pump inhibitors for gastroesophageal reflux disease are best taken in the morning. By doing so, acid suppression for 24 hours is commonly achieved. Wh...

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Nexium Safety and Other GERD Questions, Answered!

My 9 year-old has been diagnosed with GERD. Is it safe for him to be on Nexium? Yes. Earlier this year, the FDA approved Nexium for short-term use in children ages 1-11 years for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Both the liquid and d...

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Surgery for Hiatal Hernia and Other GERD Q's, Answered!

_My doctor has recommended that I have my hiatal hernia repaired. I am waiting to see a surgeon. Is this a good idea, and what should I ask the surgeon? _ Although rarely necessary, at times, surgical repair of a hiatal hernia is the right choice in ...

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Our Expert Answers Your Pressing GERD Questions

I have been experiencing a lot of difficulty swallowing and underwent an endoscopy that was normal. What can this be? While it was correct to undergo an upper endoscopy to look for structural lesions to explain difficulty swallowing such as cancers a...

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Q&A: Endoscopy for Ulcer?

I just got back from a Caribbean cruise on which I went to the bathroom and had watery, black stools. I was rushed to St Maarten Hospital and had an endoscopy where I was told that I had an ulcer in my stomach but that I needed to have another endosc...

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Q&A: What Are the Risks of Esophagus Dilatations?

My GERD has caused a narrowing in my esophagus that has caused difficulty swallowing, especially solids. I have undergone a few dilatations of my esophagus which has improved my symptoms. How often can I have the procedure, and does the risk increase ...

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Dr. Eisner Answers Your Questions About Acid Reflux

Can Ultram cause or worsen symptoms of GERD? Ultram is a centrally acting pain relief medication that is commonly taken for chronic pain conditions, specifically back pain and arthritis. Ultram has many adverse effects, including gastrointestinal sid...