OTC reccomendations for Acid Reflux

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   Posted 6/14/2008 3:56 AM (GMT -6)   
After reading some of the first comments on this forum . From riverotter , I am almost reluctant to ask , but here goes. A few years ago I had recurrent heartburn and ended up with a stomach ulcer. Dr. reccommended Acifex at the time. Took it for several weeks and ulser resolved.
Six months ago I went for a complete physical to another Dr. . Was sent for an routine endoscopy. Dr. told me I should go back to my pc and ask for asifex again because I was showing signs of damage from acid reflux on esophagus. I really don't  get  heartburn  to often , but when I do my stomach starts to burn and the acid rises to my throat , even with water. I sometimes take zantac or cem.--=-
Two months ago I went to my ENT to have my hearing examined , so I asked him to check my nose (concerning sinusitus) . He did and he also checked my throat and told me I had signs of damage to my voice box due to acid reflux , he suggested I go to pc and ask for acifex again . 
My question is . Are there any OTC that you have found to be as effective as Acifex , I really don't want to add to my already extended list of prescriptions at this point.
What do you think? june

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   Posted 6/14/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I would suggest a probiotic instead of taking Nexium for instance...I have found that drs are so quick to say that everyone has acid reflux when in fact it can be corrected easily without drugs.  The problem is that our bodies are lacking the essentials to keep the acid flowing downward.  B/c most of our foods are without the beneficial bacteria b/c of pesticides.  Read up on probiotics, I recommend Natren.com and I've even taken apple cider vinegar which I found helpful too. good luck!

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   Posted 6/17/2008 5:01 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the response. I have tried the apple cider vinegar. In fact we used to have an apple orchard a few years back, so I even made my own apple cider vinegar. Tastes better than store bought but neither of them worked. Glad you mentioned the probiotics . My husband has mentioned it to me. I will be reading it soon. Thanks again. june

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   Posted 6/17/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Typically if the erosions are enough to concern a doc that you need a PPI, then a PPI is in order. Perhaps if you contact your PCP as recommended, s/he will have a good OTC recommendation for you.

I believe the only PPI that is OTC is Prilosec. Zantac and Tagament are H2 blockers.
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