A: If it’s still a problem in a couple of weeks, call him back. Not all meds work for all patients.
Q: I’m on Axid and Kapidex, and I’m moving to Ireland for a few months soon. Can I get these meds over there?
A: I work (part time) in a Pharmacy and we definitely don’t stock either of these. Kapidex contains Dexlansoprazole, and something very like that would be Zoton tablets, but they arent exactly the same.
Axid contains nizatidine, which i’ve actually never heard of. I sant find any drugs that share its chemical balance either. There are other Histamine (H2) Receptor Antagonists here like Pepcid, which are available OTC.
I would definitely advise you to see your doctor or pharmacist and discuss what you should do when you come here. They’ll advise you and your pharmacist especially should know the equivalent brands to your meds.
Q: is dexlansoprazole available in indian drug market. with what brand name in india…kapidex or anyother?
dexlansoprazole (brand: Kapidex) is a proton pump inhibitor drug for GERD and EE. Its available in US. But is it also available in India market…? If yes then with which brand name?
A: ASK YOUR PHARMACIST.
Q: how to fix chronic laryngitis caused by acid reflux?
I have chronic laryngitis caused by GERD so my voice is really hoarse and quiet. I went to the doctor two weeks ago and got a prescription for Dexilant (formerly Kapidex) and he said this would help within one or two weeks but it hasnt helped by voice at all. Its helped my stomach, but not my voice. Is there some other prescription that helps laryngitis or something i can do on my own that will help my voice be less hoarse and louder?
A: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), gastric reflux disease, or acid reflux disease is defined as chronic symptoms or mucosal damage produced by the abnormal reflux of stomach acid to the esophagus. A typical symptom is heartburn.
This is commonly due to transient or permanent changes in the barrier between the esophagus and the stomach. This can be due to incompetence of the lower esophageal sphincter, transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxation, impaired expulsion of gastric reflux from the esophagus, or a hiatal hernia.
A different type of acid reflux which produces respiratory and laryngeal manifestations is laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), also called extraesophageal reflux disease (EERD). Unlike GERD, LPR is unlikely to produce heartburn, and is thus sometimes called silent reflux.
Three types of treatments exist for GERD. These include lifestyle modifications, medications, and surgery.
 Lifestyle modifications
Certain foods and lifestyle are considered to promote gastroesophageal reflux, but a 2006 review suggested that evidence for most dietary interventions is anecdotal; only weight loss and elevating the head of the bed were supported by evidence. A subsequent randomized crossover study showed benefit by avoiding eating two hours before bedtime.
The following may exacerbate the symptoms of GERD:
Coffee and alcohol stimulate gastric acid secretion. Taking these before bedtime especially can cause evening reflux.
Antacids based on calcium carbonate (but not aluminum hydroxide) were found to actually increase the acidity of the stomach. However, all antacids reduced acidity in the lower esophagus, so the net effect on GERD symptoms may still be positive.
Foods high in fats and smoking reduce lower esophageal sphincter competence, so avoiding these may help. Fat also delays stomach emptying.
Eating within 2–3 hours before bedtime.
Large meals. Having smaller, more frequent meals reduces GERD risk, as it means there is less food in the stomach at any one time.
Carbonated soft drinks with or without sugar.
Chocolate and peppermint.
Acidic foods: tomatoes and tomato-based preparations; citrus fruits and citrus juices.
Cruciferous vegetables:cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.
Milk and milk-based products containing calcium and fat, within 2 hours of bedtime.
Paste and glue or any related products.
Sleeping on the left side has been shown to reduce nighttime reflux episodes in patients.
A meta-analysis suggested that elevating the head of the bed is an effective therapy, although this conclusion was only supported by nonrandomized studies. The head of the bed can be elevated by plastic or wooden bed risers that support bed posts or legs, a therapeutic bed wedge pillow, a wedge or an inflatable mattress lifter that fits in between mattress and box spring or a hospital bed with an elevate feature. The height of the elevation is critical and must be at least 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) to be at least minimally effective to prevent the backflow of gastric fluids. Some innerspring mattresses do not work well when inclined and may cause back pain; some prefer foam mattresses. Some practitioners use higher degrees of incline than provided by the commonly suggested 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) and claim greater success.
Other lifestyle modifications
Avoidance of smoking.
Weight reduction in overweight or obese people.
Avoiding tight garments in those with abdominal obesity.
A number of drugs are approved to treat GERD, and are among the most-often-prescribed forms of medication in most Western countries.
Proton pump inhibitors (such as omeprazole, esomeprazole, pantoprazole, lansoprazole, and rabeprazole) are the most effective in reducing gastric acid secretion. These drugs stop acid secretion at the source of acid production, i.e., the proton pump.
Gastric H2 receptor blockers (such as ranitidine, famotidine and cimetidine) can reduce gastric secretion of acid. These drugs are technically antihistamines. They relieve complaints in about 50% of all GERD patients. Compared to placebo (which also is associated with symptom improvement), they have a number needed to treat (NNT) of eight (8).
Antacids before meals or symptomatically after symptoms begin can reduce gastric acidity (increase pH).
Alginic acid (Gaviscon) may coat the mucosa as well as increase pH and decrease reflux. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials suggests alginic acid may be the most effective of non-prescription treatments with a NNT of four.
Prokinetics strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and speed up gastric emptying. Cisapride, a member of this class, was withdrawn from the market for causing long QT syndrome. Reglan (metoclopramide) is a prokinetic with a better side-effect profile.
Q: Anyone out there taking Protonix or Kapidex for heartburn?
I’ve been taking Protonix for a little over a year now and it works wonderfully. Without it, my heartburn is so bad that no antacids or acid reducers would help. The doctor says he has no idea why at 23 years old, I have such horrible acid reflux. So, id the Protonix just numbing the pain and covering up a potential stomach problem or is it healing any possible problems in my stomach. I don’t want to make things worse by covering up the pain and ignoring it for the rest of my life. The doctor said I can have a scope done if I want to but since I have no symptoms other than acid reflux, there’s most likely nothing seriously wrong.
A: You need to do something about your diet and to take time for more prayer and stop carrying your burdens alone–share some of them with your husband. Meanwhile, buy some sugar free peppermint flavored chewing gum to chew after your meals. I was going through antacids like an elephant eating peanuts until I made these changes. Now, I rarely need antacids and I am nearly 60 years old.
Q: What is the closest to nexium?
My plan does not allow me to take nexium anymore,i have a choice of prilosec,prevacid or kapidex.The nexium worked great.Which of the ones i mentioned are closest to nexium in active ingredients or in general
A: Prilosec is similar to Nexium.
Q: i’ve had a sore left breast for a week. It came on all of a sudden. I wore a tight dress the night before?
Could i have a damage tissue? i want to wait it out a few weeks cause it appeared overnight. Im not pregnant. i recently been taking kapidex for heartburn and am on a diet? the pain is in the bottom of my breast and hurts worse if i touch it alot or wear a bra? Any ideas how long this should last?
cancer doesn’t appear overnight.. mr “your a stupid whore” grow up.
thanks for the good answers!
A: i don’t know what it is, but i’ve had a similar problem with pain in my right breast a while ago, it stayed for a few months on and off, but it seems to have gone now. i had it checked out at the doctors and she said it was probably hormonal. so, probs nothing to worry about and it should go on it’s own. see a doctor if you’re worried or want an examination. : )
Q: Is Omeprazole better then Zantac?
Im taking it for gastritis along with kapidex but what has better results?
A: I’ve been taking it on doctor’s orders for years and find it is better than Zantac or Tagamet or anything else over the counter.
Q: Drug side effect or part of reflux?
I was recently diagnosed with acid reflux, after an endoscopy that showed some gastritis and inflammation in my esophagus and a clean ultrasound. I’ve tried different medicines and the only one I’ve found so far that lets me live relatively pain-free is Kapidex. I took a free trial of it for 10 days, during which time I helped, but then went back off of it for a week (trying a different, cheaper medicine) before going back on it. But after being back on Kapidex for a few days I got sick – nausea, some diarrhea and severe loss of appetite for most of the day. I spent the weekend in bed, thinking I was just sick, but now it’s Thursday and I still have the nausea and very little appetite. Could that be a side effect of Kapidex, or could it be new symptom? I’m at a loss of what to do, because I’m afraid to go off of Kapidex and have the pain come back, especially because I’m getting married in a couple of weeks. I should add that I’ve been suffering from reflux (though I didn’t know until recently what it was) for almost a year and nausea was never a part of my problem.
A: Try and determine the root cause of your symptoms. Factors that may contribute to acid reflux include eating large meals, certain foods and beverages such as fatty, spicy foods, coffee, tomatoes, oranges, coffee, milk and alcohol.
Lying down too soon after a meal, bending or lifting heavy objects may also bring about acid reflux. Being overweight, pregnancy, hiatal hernia and constipation can also cause acid reflux as increased pressure on the stomach pushes gastric juices back into the esophagus.
Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.
Q: Took 7 vicodin 3 weeks ago, recieved no treatment still having mild stomach pain?
Have tried Kapidex, Prilosec, Mylanta for stomach pain. Pain is not severe but does not go away completely.
Vicodin’s were 5mg/500mg APAP. Took 7 all at once. Threw up 5 hours later. Experienced bad nausea and stomach ache 3 days post ingestion. Stomach Ache is now tolerable but has not gone away.
Stomach ache hurts every morning and occurs intermittently throughout the day.
I hoped stomach ache would go away. What do you suspect is wrong with me? Is this serious? I dont think its that serious because it happened so long ago.
A: Each 5 mg Vicodin has 500 mg or Tylenol in them, so if you took 7, that’s 3,500 mg of Tylenol all at once, which is not safe. The maximum amount you are supposed to take at once is 1,000mg, and 4,000mg in a 24-hour period. Tylenol can cause stomach ulcers when taken in excess, so that’s probably what caused the stomach pain afterwards. And the hydrocodone in Vicodin is known to cause nausea, so what you experienced was to be expected. What you could be experiencing is a stomach ulcer either caused by all the Vicodin, or maybe you had one even before that. You could also be experiencing severe acid reflux, in which case, Prilosec OTC probably wouldn’t do the trick. I would suggest seeing a doctor; they will be able to give you a definite answer on what is wrong, and can perhaps prescribe you something stronger if it is in fact acid reflux. Hope this helps! : )
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Q: Hida Scan and Gall Bladder Question?
I have been having what I thought are Acid Reflux issues since May. I have bad pain in between my shoulder blades, reflux and was coughing up nasty tasting junk. It doesn’t matter what I eat it bothers me and all of the different reflux meds do not work, I am currently on Kapidex. Yesterday I had a scope done and the Dr said because of my stomach and shoulderblade pain he wanted to do and Ultrasound and Hida Scan. Now three years ago I went through the same symptoms and tests and all came back normal. This time, however, during the Hida Scan when the Tech gave me the drug to make my gall bladder contract I became very nauseou and stayed nauseous all day long, now that has gone away and I have the pain back. I watched the scan being done and watched my gall bladder on the screen, my gall bladder stayed very bright on the screen for the whole process. My question is that I read that the gall bladder is supposed to disappear on the screen by the end of the test. Also my nauseousness lasted for 7 hours, has anyone had this happen and be a gall bladder problem? I have had about enough of this pain and want some answers, the Dr hasn’t called me back yet but I know that the USound showed no stones. Could the gall bladder be my problem?
btw i know i know, i have to wait for the dr to call, I just thought I would see if anyone had similar results with the test.
After reading your question I thought I would give you some pointers I have learned the hard way from my own bad ‘uninformed’ choices.
Firstly, I hope that you will keep me/us informed of the results by posting or e-m’ing
Secondly, I hope that if you ever have your gall bladder removed you will have the stones checked to see if they were calcium or cholesterol and you would then understand why you really need to consider removing egg cholesterol and milk cheese and yogurt calcium from your diet so you will not plug/sludge your biliary glands at the roots as I have done.
Let me explain if I may so you might learn from my uninformed decisions that were tragic mistakes for my long term health.
Many years ago I found that the Atkins Diet Plan made me healthier compared to my old high carb diet since it put my diabetes symptoms into remission, but please consider my experiences when I used the Atkins philosophy for my long term nutrition.
After the Atkins plan caused many diseases, what now works best in order for me to keep my pruritus-Urticaria in remission, after my gallbladder-biliary-liver and heart disease problems, is a VEGAN diet that is low-carb low-fat and high-protein. Because of my gallbladder-biliary-liver disease I no longer can eat nuts or olive oil or dressings or other fats or any cholesterol because it causes immediate pruritus since my liver’s biliary system is plugged with cholesterol and calcium sludge, and I can not eat too many carbs because of yeast infections that break out after one, two, or three high carb meals.
What I now do is what they teach most students in high school nutrition classes – which is to add up the vitamins and minerals from my ‘digestible’ foods and calculating the RDA’s [Recommended Dietary Allowances] or DV’s [Daily Reference Values] for each day to see if I am more than 100%. Things like bran is not considered since it is not digestible for humans, and is like a work horse or work oxen eating straw instead of digestible grass or alfalfa leaves. Also, after I accidentally poisoned myself with supplements, I leaned that supplements like iron and magnesium and colloidal silver etc are super toxic since they are ‘metallic’ minerals and oftentimes raw fertilizers with a 1000 fold markup. These ‘metallic’ mineral supplements have not yet been converted into a non-toxic food when during photosynthesis the electrons in a fertilizer are stripped away making it the more positively charged ‘non-metallic’ and non-toxic mineral element within the plant. Also, the highly profitable synthetic vitamin supplements I used to purchase have no unambiguous research backing them, and there is some obviously valid research concluding that they are more toxic than beneficial to any animal that has ever consumed them.
What now keeps my diseases in remission is mostly a diet of cooked lentils then mixed with tomato sauce and boiled celery to make a quick microwave super high protein veg-chili. I boil all my foods since my digestive system is in such poor shape and I need as many nutrients as I can get out of the semi-expensive foods I buy. I used to eat much more meat when I was an Atkins dieter, before my pruritus attacks became so obvious that the cholesterol and fats in the meat or eggs and the calcium in the homemade yogurt I was eating was the root cause to the problem. FYI – IF you know of people getting colon cancer, it was during my Atkins period I learned to always eat enough vegetables to be a minimum of 2 x the weight of the meat that I ate – in order to not have any constipation or worse. I used to have reddish stools since I was likely on my way to getting colon cancer myself from eating much more meat protein than I could ever digest properly in my stomach and colon.
After the Atkins Diet allowed my present health issues, I replaced the crock potted round steak or beef heart or chicken and sometimes river trout in my chili with lentils, because I learned that the nutritional content of lentils ranks high alongside, and comparable to, very lean meat or lean fish if it is grown in well fertilized soil. [Note: e.g. the labels on store bought spinach sometimes have a 4 fold difference in nutrition based upon the fertility of the soils and the growing methods for the farms it is grown on.]
I also eat a-lot of boiled frozen broccoli and boiled organic or re-washed and re-boiled canned spinach with a vinaigrette of organic sugar with glass_bottled_cider_vinegar. The glassware is because of some friends that got lupus from eating too much plastic stuff, or inhaling it since they were house painters who used vinyl paints.
The nutritional DV numbers that I now eat are three times what most others in my family are eating every day. I keep at about 100% and they are about 25 to 33%, but they are all morbidly obese diabetics. Even though I was once morbidly obese myself and had a heart attack from too many carbs for too long, (which I think gave me all the symptoms of beriberi, scurvy and pellagra, along with the beginnings of my gallbladder-biliary-liver disease,) I am now more fit in comparison to most others I know.
I hope you have learned something from my ‘mistakes’ that will soon help you along your way.
My best to you,
PS1 – I currently feel that what Dr. Fuhrman MD teaches is the best nutritional information available in the nation.
PS2 – Boiling spinach can reduce the pesticides from 80 to 95%+ as per canning studies done in the 70’s, by boiling the pesticides off with the steam – after boiling it long enough to pull the pesticides out of the plant. Boiling also reduces the hundreds of percents of acid carbs, like folic acid, that makes eating a lot of raw spinach not digest easily and it would sometimes cause loose stools, and also breaks it down a first step so it is then easier to digest in the stomach. It also kills any bacteria or e-coli problems that may have somehow been introduced into the raw or commercially canned produce.
Q: Why do I have this horrible smell in my mouth?
I have a smell in my mouth that will not go away. In July, I had Acid Reflux…went to the doctor and he provided Kapidex. I thought the smell was coming from my stomach. I had an Endoscopy and a Ultra Sound. Turns out I had a slight case of gastritis. This smell was still in my mouth. I had been having my teeth cleaned every 3 months. I did not know why I had this horrible odor in my mouth. Sense May I have made 12 trips to 5 five different dentist. My teeth and gum’s are very healthy. Why is the smell still there? I went to the nutritionist and they thought that it was my sinus. Maybe I had a bad case of sinusitis and my mucus had a bad odor. I went to a specialist this morning and they told me that the problem has to be coming from my stomach. I have been using a neti-pot for 3 weeks now. I cant seem to get rid of this smell. Can someone offer some information? I am going out of my mind. I work in advertising and meetings are my life. presentations are very important to my job. I try my best to avoid meetings. I sit at my desk as much as possible. I don’t go out unless its to work and to do shopping for my family. I have seen so many doctor’s over the 7 – 8 months its one disappointment after the other. I am driving my wife crazy. Not to mention I’m not functioning the same at work.
A: What Health Problems Are Associated With Bad Breath?
Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth may be warning signs of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. The bacteria cause toxins to form in the mouth, which irritate the gums. If periodontal disease continues untreated, it can damage the gums and jawbone.
Other dental causes of bad breath include poorly fitting dental appliances, yeast infections of the mouth and dental caries.
The medical condition dry mouth (also called xerostomia) can also cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten and cleanse the mouth by neutralizing acids produced by plaque and washing away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not removed, these cells decompose and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth may be caused by the side effects of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous breathing through the mouth.
Many other diseases and illnesses may cause bad breath. Here are some to be aware of: respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, liver or kidney problems.
Q: Almost asleep then heart race increases and I have this trembling feeling?
For over 4 months now I have been having this problem.(It just happened actually and that is why I am up at 1am typing this) I get ready for bed and feel completely fine, lay down and right as I am about to drift off to sleep i feel my heart race increase, I try to ignore it and keep falling asleep then i get this trembling/shaky feeling all over my body and i have to sit up in the bed, get completely awake then it will go away. after that happens i normally lay down and try to get back to sleep and it keeps happening over and over again so eventually i have to get up and watch tv or get on the computer. Eventually I get so sleepy I get in the bed (normally at 7am) and I go to sleep fine. What is this and how can I keep this from happening. It is very VERY scary like I am having a panic/heart attack. Also, I went to the doctor and they told me this was heart burn/gas pain and put me on Kapidex, the heart burn is now gone, but this seems to stay. I was also told before that It was anxiety and I was prescribed Xanax which i took before sleeping and it did no good. I am very desperate and Any help will be VERY APPRECIATED!!
A: Yours is case of tachycardia(fast heart beat) associated with Sleep Apnea syndrome. Have a look……
Tachycardia is often associated with sleep disorder called Sleep Apnea Syndrome(SAS). SAS is a condition in which during sleep the breathing stops for a few seconds when oxygen concentration falls and CO2 rises and the then the person suddenly wakes up. Many heart beat rhythm problems are associated with SAS, some might be serious.
A sleep test, called polysomnography is usually done to diagnose sleep apnea. There are two kinds of polysomnograms. An overnight polysomnography test involves monitoring brain waves, muscle tension, eye movement, respiration, oxygen level in the blood and audio monitoring. (for snoring, gasping, etc.) The second kind of polysomnography test is a home monitoring test.
A 24-hour Holter heart monitor can detect the reason for increased heart rate. EKG or Echo can not record these changes. You should also see a sleep therapist. Good Luck.
Q: Somethings wrong with my stomach?
I’m 17 years old, female, and have had horrible stomach problems.
For the past approximate 4 months, I have had extreme nausea. I have had
cramping lately also.
Meds I’ve tried:
aciphex, and kapidex.
I’ve been eating tons of Rolaids on and off, which seem to help a little but nothing long term.
I’ve been really irritable lately, like I’m having period mood swings except ALL the time.
I can’t get out of breath without feeling sick, I can’t lay down flat, this is ruining my life!
I’m seeing a specialized stomach in two days.
I also have frequent urination, and I’m losing weight like crazy.
In two days I lost about 4 pounds, and its been like this for a few weeks. This has been going on since December. Its completely ruining my life. Messing up my schoolwork, sports, and I can’t really hang out with my friends unless were just sitting around.
A: Really. Yahoo answers can’t give you a certified doctor approved answer. Best to go to a REAL doctor.
And don’t think you can do everything by yourself. Meds especially.
Q: How to deal with a spouse who suffers from depression?
In Oct my hubby was laid off from his job. He started having chest pains, his dad and grandpa both died at the age of 50 from heart attacks. My hubby is 45. Hubby had stress test, Echo test, EKG and extensive blood work. No problems with his heart. Then the problem became stomach pain, loss of weight and loss of appetite. He had gallbladder test done, negative. Had Hilda Scan test done, negative. Seen GI doctor, did EGD showed severe gastritis, dueoditis and GERD. Started on Kapidex. Has been on it for about 8 weeks. Now he is complaining of his right side near his gallbladder being sore and fluttering. I think it is depression. He has had a rough life with his father dying when he was 18, 3 failed marriages. He is a loner and keeps everything to himself. We have been married for almost 3 yrs and the only problem we have is two of his 3 teenage kids don’t like me and I want time for us as a couple occasionally. Now we have no sex life. He says he could careless if we ever have it again. He lays around all the time and never wants to do anything. He is missing alot of work. He worries about everything. He refuses to take any anti depressant meds because he had side effects from Cymbalta, Zoloft, Prozac, Klonopin and Antivan. He does take Xanax but only when things get so bad he cant calm himself down. Today he is worrying himself over dark stools which I told him it could be something he ate. I dont know how to deal with him anymore. He is so distant and this is really taking a toll on our marriage. All he does is work, sleep and eat. No communication and no fun or enjoyment out of life for him or me. Can someone please help.
A: This is going to be kind of hard to hear, but it seems like you need to decide whether you are going to take some kind of action here beyond what you’ve been doing or not. I understand you are searching for ideas, and unfortunately I’m not seeing any at this moment. However I do want to caution you and inform you that if you allow things to stay the way they are you might be doing nothing more than enabling him.
It might take some work and research, but if you can find something to motivate him to take action you will be better off – so will everyone else.
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