heartburn- what can we take?

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   Posted 6/6/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been having some heartburn lately.  Not a lot- just enough to be uncomfortable occasionally.  I'm leaving this afternoon for a long weekend at the beach with friends.  I've got my own food packed, but I will likely be eating a little differently anyway, and changes in diet or schedule often throw me off.  I'd like to take something with me to treat it if necessary.  Are antacids like Tums contraindicated for us Crohnies?  I'm not on Cipro at the mo, so no interaction there.

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   Posted 6/6/2008 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I find prilosec to be pretty good, although you must take them religiously to work well...

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   Posted 6/6/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
i get heartburn a lot. i've had heartburn for years now and i find the zantac 150 works best for me. you would probably only need the 75's though. but it seems everyone is different. my mom takes nexium and my dad takes prilosec. i haven't heard anything about tums/antacids being bothersome to us crohnies. have a great weekend!
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   Posted 6/6/2008 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bektold,
I take Nexium when on high doses of pred - which causes my heartburn - and have no gut problems from it.
Have a great weekend.
Take care

Jason D in MN
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   Posted 6/6/2008 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I've taken Ranatidine HCL (sp?) 75 and 150 mg. The dose depends on the severity. Usually only while on Prednisone and post surgical.

Though each person can be different. So as a sanity check bounce it off your GI doc or PCP to make sure you're not doing yourself some harm.

As for Tums, I take them as a calcium supplement. Oyster shell and other stuff tends to make me gassy and sick feeling. They do nothing for heart burn. (Well they have an immediate effect, but nothing lasting)
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   Posted 6/6/2008 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I take tums too, and Nexium when it has been a couple weeks of straight heartburn.
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   Posted 6/7/2008 1:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Ranitidine is all you need. 1 pill a day will knock your heartburn out, it can also help with burping.

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   Posted 6/7/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
ranitidine doesn't work on me.... I take Pantoloc 40mg hs....and may have to increase that dose as I still am having pain in my esophagus. Don't let this go unattended... I ended up with a deep ulcer in my esophagus a few years ago and have been on Pantoloc ever since.
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   Posted 6/8/2008 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
MMMNAVY said...
I take tums too, and Nexium when it has been a couple weeks of straight heartburn.

Ditto! Works for me too.

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   Posted 6/8/2008 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
My Grandmother had UC and stomach cancer. She gave me some advise that I cherish now as a crohnie. She told me to keep a bottle of Malox in the fridge. She said it cools on the way down, as it starts to work. I was diagnosed with crohn's after her death, but I am so glad that I listened to her! It has sved me many times! smurf
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