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Acid reflux and sedatives

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A friend of mine recently developed a chronic case of acid reflux. Noone seems to be able to treat it and she is it at wits end. She also related to me some rather eery memories and confided in me that she suspects her stepfather was using sedatives to "date rape" her when she was in high school. I was curious if there were any known drugs that could be used over a period of time for these purposes that could lead to other gastrointesinal conditions.


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replied May 16th, 2008
Birth Control Answer A4127
If she suspects that her stepfather was abusing her by using sedatives, which is possible, she should report that to the police. Acid reflux is due to failure of the cardia. The cardia is not able to prevent stomach juices from entering into the esophagus. Acid reflux can be due to hiatus hernia, obesity, not enough stomach acid, hypercalcemia, etc.


It doesn’t seem likely to me that sedatives caused acid reflux in her.



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