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Anthony Q
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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 4/20/2005 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
For the last year ive had serious heartburn from no matter what i eat... and i tend to eat pretty bad stuff... i was taking pepcid ac which works beautifully but seems after a while of taking it, i become immune to it and doesnt work until i take one more.... NOW im taking 4 pepcid ac maximum strength pills and atleast one pepcid complete chewable to completly releive me.
i spoke to a doctor and they told me that since i have no insurance that better i take all that pepcid to stop the damage then not take it. until i either get insurange or can afford to see a specialist...

is taking this much pepcid bad for me?

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   Posted 4/20/2005 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
(This is not an endorsement, just a suggestion) You may try taking prilosec OTC. Prilosec and pepcid are different medications. Pepcid is an antacid which neutralizes the acid in your stomach however prilosec is the only over the counter Proton Pump Inhibitor which is what the RX meds (ex. Nexium, Prevacid) are. It is a medication that you take once a day. PPIs actually shuts down most of your acid pumps in your stomach. Most people with GERD do not get any relief from regular antacids. Many people with GERD that don't have health insurance believe that prilosec is the best thing.

As far as taking too many pepcids... There is much contraversy on the overuse of antacids. Many doctors believe that it is bad however other doctors say that antacids can't harm you. You may have to weigh out your options like any other medications. Sorry I couldn't give you a better answer on that one.

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Post Edited (dbab) : 4/20/2005 8:02:28 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/20/2005 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   

Anthony - I am sorry you don't have insurance.  There are 43 MILLION Americans without health insurance and the politicians continue to ignore the problem. 

Oh, we heard about it during the election, but now it is old news. The politicians in Washington have the best medical insurance our tax dollars can buy.  They get their big salaries and health care, but don't help 43 million other Americans.

I am going to vote against any presidential candidate who stands up and tells us they will get health insurance for us unless they can say exactly what they have done to help us during these years BEFORE the election.

I'm tired of nothing but rhetoric.

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   Posted 2/18/2012 6:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I sacrifice to pay the over $440 monthly health insurance premium I have because I think it's necessary to have something. But I have a $5,000 deductible and they won't cover GERD because it was a pre-existing condition! However I continue to give up other things I'd like to have because I want to be responsible. And I don't think my neighbor or the someone in another state should be forced to pay for my health insurance or medical bills. I'll vote for whoever gives us LESS government. I realize the time may come when I simply CANNOT afford health insurance and then I don't know what's going to happen. But I do know I will not saddle myself with a lot of unpaid medical bills. I'll probably just let nature takes it course. (Come to think of it I think my neighbor should be paying my LPR bills because they are responsible for a lot it because of stress I've been thru for years with their stupid 4-wheelers and dirt bikes - I can actually trace the onset of the throat clearing to the weekend the daughter came home with yet ANOTHER 4-wheeler)
Good luck on treating this horrible condition. I have LPR - and the one good thing I can say about it is - I'm never sick and rarely have discomfort - just the constant throat clearing and coughing which is so irritating. There are several movies I want to go see but can't until I can get this under control.

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   Posted 2/18/2012 6:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Can we keep the political debates to a minimum please? I thought this site was for dealing with our GERD issues, not our political affiliations.

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   Posted 2/18/2012 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Kaylajane and others...
As Ashley suggested, it is very wise to avoid the discussion of highly charged political debates here at Healing Well. We are here to help each other work through health issues we're dealing with and seek support and information.
When we're subjected to strong political responses to our posts it can be hurtful, and will drive people away from our wonderful little corner of Healing Well.  Each of us have opinions on the subject, and our opinions are sure to vary widely from individual to individual.  Some of us feel extremely strongly in one way or the other.  I am one of those. Still, the wisest thing is to keep our opinions to ourself in this forum.  If you want to discuss the pros and cons of some political stance, there are many forums out there that have been created for just that purpose.
This forum is a haven, where our friends who are suffering are welcomed and supported.
Please refrain from sharing your political opinions.

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   Posted 2/18/2012 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe Pepcid is an H2 blocker, which works differently than a PPI (like OTC Prilosec, as dbab has suggested).  Once PPIs were developed GI doctors moved their sufferin patients to them, and left H2 blockers behind to act as back-up for people who need something in addition to PPIs, or those who are sensitive to them.
If Pepcid is working, that's great.  If you find that it stops being as effective you could try an OTC PPI like Prilosec.  They also make some PPIs generically, so they're less expensive than name brands.
Even more important than the meds, though, are lifestyle changes.  There is lots of information on the internet regarding how to treat GERD with changing what you're doing.  Here's one of them:
You said that you "tend to eat pretty bad stuff".  That is your first on changing your diet.  Taking acid reducing meds while continuing to maintain an unhealthy lifestyle is not an answer. 
Wish it was easier!
Hang in there, and I hope you get some insurance very soon.

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   Posted 2/18/2012 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Two things wrong with this thread -
1. The OP (Tony) posted once in 2005 -  that was 7 years ago and it got bumped up somehow.
2. HW is not the place to debate politics and never has been so I will remind all to refrain from posting discussions re your politic views.
At this time I am locking down this very old thread. I thank you for your understanding.
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