Acid reducers

Acid reducers

Acid Reducers

Acid reducers or antacids  are alkaline drugs which reduces the amount of acid secreted by the stomach in order to reduce ulcer and heartburn pain or to assist in healing of ulcers. These chemicals are  used to treat stomach and duodenal (intestinal) ulcers, and prevent them from recurring. It is also used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). They are also used to prevent indigestion, heartburn and upset s  Read more...

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Acid Reducers

Acid reducers or antacids  are alkaline drugs which reduces the amount of acid secreted by the stomach in order to reduce ulcer and heartburn pain or to assist in healing of ulcers. These chemicals are  used to treat stomach and duodenal (intestinal) ulcers, and prevent them from recurring. It is also used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). They are also used to prevent indigestion, heartburn and upset stomach when they are associated with eating food or drinking beverages.

REASONS FOR ACID REFLUX

There are various causes of stomach problems, you may or may not experience all of them at the same time. Some common causes of stomach problems are listed below-

  • Several food items can cause stomach abnormalities like citrus, tomatoes, chocolates, garlic, onion and spicy foods

  • Obesity

  • Eating large quantities of food specially spicy food

  • Drinking too much of alcoholic beverages and caffeinated drinks like coffee or tea

  • Being pregnant

  • Taking aspirin, ibuprofen and certain blood pressure medications

  • Excessive  smoking

  • Eating stale food

  • Seasonal changes

SYMPTOMS OF ACID REFLUX

  • Nausea or recurrent upset stomach

  • Abdominal bloating

  • Abdominal pain

  • Vomiting

  • Indigestion

  • Burning or gnawing feeling in the stomach between meals or at night

  • Hiccups

  • Loss of appetite

  • Vomiting blood or coffee ground-like material

  • Black, tarry stools

ADVERSE EFFECTS ON BODY

In case too much acid gets accumulates in your body, you can be diagnosed with  a condition called acidosis.Typically, acidosis develops as a result of uncontrolled diabetes; chronic diarrhea; and respiratory, kidney or liver disease. When severe, the effects of acidosis may be life-threatening. Some of the adverse effects of excess acid are-

  • Upset Stomach

  • Headache, Weakness or Fatigue

  • Breathing Difficulties

  • Confusion

  • Shock, Coma or Death

PREVENTIVE MEASURES

You can prevent diseases related to stomach just by maintaining proper dietary and lifestyle habits that disturbed the gastrointestinal tract to give  digestive disease symptoms.

  • Quit smoking

  • Exercise lightly five days each week

  • Avoid alcohol use

  • Eat a high-fiber, healthy diet

  • Cut high-fat and acidic foods from your diet

  • Know your system’s capacity- do not overeat

  • Avoid regular use of aspirin, steroids and sulpha drugs (unless told otherwise by your doctor)

  • Get medical approval before starting or ending any medical diet

COMMON MEDICATIONS

You can buy acid reducers online from any reliable online drugstore. Make sure that the products are not duplicate as they can react adversely with your body.

MYTHS/FACTS

MYTH- Milk soothes Acid Reflux

FACT- Milk may neutralize your stomach acid temporarily, but your stomach will soon produce more. Similarly, mint can also do more harm than good. Try licorice instead.

MYTH- Acid Reflux Occurs Due to a Poor Diet

FACT- While it’s true that some foods may aggravate your acid reflux symptoms, diet isn’t really the culprit here. Rather, it is found that being physically more active works better than ditching products like chocolate, caffeine, etc, if you want long term relief from acid reflux.

MYTH- Only spicy food can cause acid reflux

FACT- greasy and fatty food are undoubtedly a trigger to acid reflux, but the ultimate reason vary from person to person. It can be anything, including smoking, asthma, diabetes, coffee, alcohol and so on. You have to track your trigger by noticing your experiences of acid reflux.

MYTH- Ditch all the proteins to heal acid reflux

FACT- Not every kind of protein is harmful for a person suffering from acid reflux. One just need to cut down ‘meat proteins’ from his/her diet. Food items like peanut butter, hummus and soy can be consumed in appropriate quantity.

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE USING ACID REDUCERS

  • Never take the medicine continuously for more than 14 days

  • Look for warnings and usage instructions when to plan to buy acid reducers online

  • Pregnant ladies and mothers who are breastfeeding should avoid the use of the drug so as to avoid any complications during pregnancy or lactation.

DRUG INTERACTIONS

Consult your doctor and get your medical diet checked with him before consuming acid reducers for a long time, as they may react adversely with drugs mentioned below. Please note that this list is not a complete one, and is intended for reference purpose only. Check with your healthcare provider if you are eligible to take acid reducers.  Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Some products need stomach acid so that the body can absorb them properly. Acid reducers decreases stomach acid, so it may change how well these products work. Some affected products include atazanavir, dasatinib, delavirdine, azole antifungals (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole), pazopanib, among others. Do not fuse acid reducers with drugs like cimetidine, famotidine and nizatidine.

When used in long terms, acid reducers may also interfere with certain laboratory tests related to protein and can result into false test reports. Let your healthcare provider know about your medical diet and drugs you are administering.