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Acid Reflux

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I am interested to know if any of you have GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) associated with your lung disease?

If so, what do you do to help control your symptoms. I've been on Omeprazole, Protonix, now take 2 maximum strength Pepcid AC. Was recently taken off the Protonix by my Primary Care Physician so he could experiment and see if I actually needed to be on it. I was good for a very short while. Soon thereafter my symptoms were on a daily basis. Had experienced 3 or 4 severe reflux attacks where I had a lot of pressure in my chest and extreme burning in my throat. Furthermore, the acid reflux contributes to shortness of breath related to my severe asthma; in addition, I produce a lot more phlegm and spit so I am constantly spitting up. Just last week Thursday, June 14, 2018 I had another endoscopy where the doctor took 2 biopsies. Fortunately, nothing ominous was spotted; although, I still do experience symptoms on occasion so it was recommended I go from taking 1 Pepcid AC a day to two pills a day. Please share your experiences with me and what you have done or still do to cope with this uncomfortable disease. Thank you so much and you all have a great day:) Talk soon.

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Carakraft profile image

So glad to hear that your biopsies were ok!

My Allergist has me on Nexium once a day- and it is helping.

This is a repeat from another post on Coughing ...

I take 40 mg Omeprazole (this is a PPI) in the morning on an empty stomach - easy since I am up early to pee anyway. Sigh...

And an H2 receptor blocker at bedtime such as ...

nizatidine (Axid)

famotidine (Pepcid, Pepcid AC)

cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB)

ranitidine (Zantac)

I take a generic maximum strength ranitidine from Sam's club or Costco to save money.

And the usual GERD suggestions about avoiding spicy foods and sleeping with the head of the bed elevated. Take a look at the "Summary of the Evidence" ection of this website for details on the other suggestions.

Good luck!!

I would suggest going on a bland diet. No spices, things that might cause acid build up. Stay away from Coffee, Chocolate, Tomatoes, milk, peppers, and low fat diet with no grease.

Try getting tested with 24 hour multi-channel pH monitoring with impedance. This might show if its reflux the real culprit.

I too suffer with this and was taking 2 omeprazole every morning until I stopped getting relief from it. I was having more shortness of breath along with the acid as well. I now take Esmaprazole which works a lot better for me. I also cut out most dairy and citrus and cut down on spicy foods (I still eat them but early in the day so they don't affect me at bedtime). I think it will take a little time to find what works best for you. I hope you find relief soon. 😊

i have acid reflux to along with servere asthma mines acting up now n nothing i do helps

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