Night time heartburn, how do you protect yourself from it?

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   Posted 6/10/2012 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
What do you take before you go to sleep for heartburn?

How effective is it? Whether it is a medical or natural remedy?


I need something for the night. :(

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   Posted 6/10/2012 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Pepto Bismol chewable tabs.

I don't get terrible heartburn at night, but tend to wake up around 3:30 a.m. with mild discomfort in my stomach. This reduces that discomfort.

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   Posted 6/10/2012 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I take gaviscon chewable tablets at night and sleep on my left side to avoid reflux
Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough)

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   Posted 6/11/2012 1:17 AM (GMT -6)   
do not eat or drink anything 6 hours prior to going to sleep

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   Posted 6/11/2012 6:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to take my PPI about 9.00 pm to control night time symptoms - taking it in the morning after the reflux has already happened seems completely pointless!

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   Posted 6/11/2012 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Avoid late-night snacking. Eating shortly before going to bed can increase your chances of experiencing heartburn because of increased stomach acid levels. I never eat after 8:00 PM and go to bed around 11:00 PM.
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   Posted 6/12/2012 4:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Sleep on a slanted bed.
Sleep on your left, if you feel this is better.
Do not eat anything >4 hours before you go to bed.

Medications you can take (please always check with your doctor!)

  • Graviscon at bedtime
  • Zantac at bedtime
  • PPI before dinner
  • Reglan / metoclopramide after dinner (to promote stomach emptying)
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