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prevacid in the morning, can i take pepcid ac also?

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I am taking precacid in the morning for heartburn and I am still having heartburn is it ok to take a chewable tablet for heartburn like pepcid ac?

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replied February 23rd, 2012
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Prevacid is the usual prescribed drug for gastritis and heart burn but even after taking the medication if the symptoms are not being controlled then it could be suggestive of some underlying issues as GERD,Reflux esophagitis,stomach or duodenal ulcer,gall bladder problem etc.
Though for the relief you can take Pepcid but you require a detailed examination and investigations as USG scan and Endoscopy so that the possibility of any other cause can be ruled out.The symptoms of heart burn can be well controlled by means of lifestyle modification as :
1)Change and develop good dietary habits including, eating several small meals daily.
2)Diet should include fresh fruits, fiber rich foods and avoid spicy,oily,processed food items.
3)Drink lots of water.
4)Restrict coffee, tea, alcohol, colas, and carbonated beverages as they increase bloating and lead to heart burn.
5)Don't eat for at least three hours before you go to bed. If you have symptoms at night, try raising the head of your bed.
6)Adopting a sitting upright posture for 1 hr post meals will help in relieving the symptoms.
7)Do some form of exercise daily.
You can try the following medications to reduce your symptomns:
1)Antacids (Tums, mylanta) can be taken to relieve the acidity.
2)Probiotics and digestive enzyme supplements will help to improve indigestion.
3)Pepto bismol to relieve abdominal discomfort if any.
I would advise you to visit a Physician for detailed evaluation.
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