Does benadryl help your GERD?

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speedygerd
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   Posted 2/27/2012 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

I've had pretty severe GERD for a little over 3 months now and over the weekend had a major food allergy to eating something with fish in it (which I've always been allergic to...). As a result I had to take several benadryl throughout the evening to calm my full body hives, etc.

However, it had the side effect of making my GERD almost completely disappear? It was only for about 24 hours around my last dose, but I felt almost 100% normal with no regurgitation, was able to sleep flat, and didn't even take my normal full dose of zantac + omeprazole.

Has anyone else experienced this? Is it possible that some of my GERD is related to allergies of some form? Could this be eosinophilic related gerd or something?

Any feedback appreciated. I may test this out again this coming weekend just to see if it's repeatable (take some benadryl and see if it temporarily "cures" my GERD again).

Thanks!

Chuck T
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   Posted 2/27/2012 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting... I recently read that the pain associated with GERD is a result of the inflamation caused by inflamitory cells in response to reflux (which is why i think pepto works so good, as its an anti-inflammatory). Inflamation is part of the immune system, and benedryl basically dampens part of your immune system. You could be on to something... then again, it could just be coincidence.

hitThePost
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   Posted 2/28/2012 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you may have Eosinophilic Esophagitis. It can perfectly mimic GERD and since Benadryl is helping, sounds as if you have allergic issues/white blood cells in the esophagus.

kaylajane
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   Posted 2/29/2012 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had EE and my major symptom was extreme nausea - a course of Endocort - a steroid did wonders for it.

Alcie
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   Posted 2/29/2012 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi speedygerd, welcome to the forum.

Your allergy to fish may be causing your reflux. It's not uncommon to have specific food intolerances and allergies as a trigger. I worked for many months to find mine when I started associating mine with certain foods.

My allergist had me keep a food diary (journal, log). I wrote down everything I ate, drank, my meds, with the times and reactions. When I had a list of foods I did challenge testing - which I would not recommend without having medical care immediately available in case of severe reactions! The result was a long list of seemingly unrelated foods, which upon googling with the term "food allergy," gave me the trigger. They all contained sulfites.

Your food triggers could easily contain fish. It's a common ingredient in "natural" flavors and seasonings. It's in ketchup. It's not on the label. It's possible to have more than 1 trigger. I have other things that will cause my reactions.

Do you get any reactions other than just reflux? I get tachycardia, also sometimes my large intestine will complain.

I would see an experienced allergist about this reaction.

kta1959
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   Posted 6/23/2012 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I have GERD and been suffering off and on for years. I've been on so many meds but none seem to really work....BUT, when I take Benadryl for sleep, it seems to calm my symptoms! So, YES... it does help! I'm seeing a new nutritionist (since doctors really don't help) and I'm going to ask her about this too!
Good luck.
 

WJF
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   Posted 6/24/2012 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
hi speedygerd,

Interesting. Let me know how it goes in your second testing.
Here is a case similar to yours:
www.medhelp.org/posts/GERD-Acid-Reflux/Severe-Acid-Reflux-responds-to-Benadryl-Allergy/show/1443899

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 6/25/2012 5:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting. I have food allergies but have been told there is no connection between that and my GERD. Certainly I had the food allergies for 20 years without GERD. I have not noticed any difference when I take antihistamine, but I use the non drowsy sort. I wonder if Benadryl works because it is slightly sedating or because it is dampening an allergic reaction?

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

kta1959
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   Posted 6/25/2012 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Personally, I think it is because allergies cause inflamation and Benadryl decreases inflamation. I'm really going to pay attention to this from now on and see if I notice a marked improvement using just the Benadryl and not the GERD meds (which don't work for me!). Obviously, people need to be careful of side effects from ANY drug, including Benadryl if they have additional health problems.

993del
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   Posted 6/25/2012 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...I'm new here, just signed up. I have suffered with GERD for a number of yrs now. I take Nexium 40mg 2xdaily. I still get severe attacks. I try to eat my last meal before 4pm, which isn't easy to do, and sometimes I still have acid. By eating so early though, I get hungry @8-9pm. I can't eat because I will be up all night. I ordered the Bob & Joe Barton kit. Now after reading your site, I may just cancel it. It coast me $51.00. Today I received the one book. Everything in it is really nothing different. I already knew some of this stuff, and it deosn't help. I know I have to lose @60 lbs. but that is not easy for me. I guess I need to stop eating trigger foods. and smaller meals at a time. I heard the surgery isn't foolproof either. I guess I'm just ranting here because I am always looking for an instant cure.

WJF
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   Posted 6/26/2012 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
993del said...
Hi...I'm new here, just signed up. I have suffered with GERD for a number of yrs now. I take Nexium 40mg 2xdaily. I still get severe attacks. I try to eat my last meal before 4pm, which isn't easy to do, and sometimes I still have acid. By eating so early though, I get hungry @8-9pm. I can't eat because I will be up all night. I ordered the Bob & Joe Barton kit. Now after reading your site, I may just cancel it. It coast me $51.00. Today I received the one book. Everything in it is really nothing different. I already knew some of this stuff, and it deosn't help. I know I have to lose @60 lbs. but that is not easy for me. I guess I need to stop eating trigger foods. and smaller meals at a time. I heard the surgery isn't foolproof either. I guess I'm just ranting here because I am always looking for an instant cure.


Hi 993del,

Welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear you still have trouble despite taking Nexium 40mg 2x daily. It's considered a high dose. What did the doctor say about this? Have you done some tests?

Do you experience nighttime symptoms despite sleeping on a slanted bed?

Sounds like you are overweight and want to lose weight (60 lbs). My recommendation is to try a low-carbohydate diet. Many see an instant results after initialize themsheves to a low-carb diet! The reason is because carbohydates are naturally more difficult to digest than vegetables and meats and they cause gas.

If low-carb diet works for you, you can switch back to the original schedule and eat your dinner at 6-7.

Jusmerobbie
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   Posted 7/10/2012 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm reading all y'all saying bynedryl helped you . Your heartburn was cured. I signed onbecause bynedryl gives me major heartburn and I take it everyday to sleep it's the only thing that helps me sleep . But why do I get heartburnits bad nothing else gives me heartburnno foods nothing .... It's not my cure to heartburn for sure.... Thanks for any advice ....
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