Excess Mucous and Gerd

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   Posted 3/13/2013 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I have excess mucous almost like someone turned on the faucet and forgot to turn it off. I have tried just about everything. I just found a web site that talked about Gerd and excess mucous. It said that the mucous was most likely caused by acid reflux and the treatment was a higher dose of Pip's. such as Prylosac. Probably spelled that wrong. I take 20mg a day and it was suggested that 40mg twice a day should be my minimum dose. I just started that this morning so it's too early too tell if this is the answer. I am coughing up mucous often enough that it makes it difficult to go out to movies, dinners etc. Any other suggestions or has anyone tried this.

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   Posted 3/13/2013 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi mrbanjo,
Welcome to Healing Well!  Sorry to hear you're having trouble.  The mucous and even excess saliva can be a reaction to inflammation of the esophagus. 
Mucous like postnasal drip or bronchitis can also be caused by GERD, when the acid is allowed to migrate into the upper throat, lungs, sinus cavities.  This is called LPR. 
It's possible that the increased dose of PPI can help this problem, but it will take a while...inflammation takes time to heal.  Do you have the head of your bed elevated?  If not, that's an important step.  It will help keep acid in the stomach using gravity.  If you can get the head of the bed elevated to 7-8 inches it would be best. I takes time to get used to it, but I've been doing it for 17 years or so, and feel strange on a flat bed!
If you have health insurance and you can afford it, I'd suggest you get a referral to a GI doctor to give you help with this.  Treating it short-term is one thing, but if it's a bad problem, you'll want a medical opinion and support to ensure that you know what's going on. 
Glad you've joined the forum!
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   Posted 3/23/2013 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I did contact a Doctor who specializes in GERD. I contacted him through the Internet as he has a web site on this problem. He did give me a call believe it or not and suggested that I am not taking a high enough dose of Omeprozole. Not sure if I spelled that correctly. I told him I take 20mg once a day and he suggested that I take the maximum dose. Unfortunately I forgot to ask him what the maximum dose is. I was told by someone that 40mg was maximum but I really don't know.

I have also scheduled an appointment with a Pulmonologist next week. Took Xrays and they look okay.

Any one have any ideas as to the maximum dose that can be taken. I'm always concerned with side effects.

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   Posted 3/23/2013 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Mrbanjo. Just wondering! When you say you contacted a doctor, -- did you see him face to face or just email his web site without him ever seeing you.

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   Posted 3/23/2013 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I contacted him on his web site and he called me that evening on the phone. I was shocked that he called me. I talked to him quite a while. He's the one that suggested the maximum dose of Pip's for Gerd.

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   Posted 4/12/2013 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
One Doctor recommended that I take the maximum dose of Pip's. He didn't mention what the maximum dose is. He did state that most Doctors are not aware of this or have little knowledge of this problem. I take Generic Prylosec and the dose I have been taking is 20Mg once a day. I did move that up to twice a day but I doubt if this is really the maximum. I asked my family Doctor and he said 20mg twice a day is plenty but I think the other Doctor means more than this. Does anyone know what the maximum dose might be without causing a problem. As I mentioned earlier, I have a lot of mucous or flem what ever you want to call it. I will start coughing but it's just to cough it up. Then I won't cough again until I have to cough it up. It is really quite often.

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   Posted 4/12/2013 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mr.bonjo

Sorry to hear that you are also suffering. I am currently suffering with Gerd and started a new thread. Just to let you know that I am on 80mg omprozole and my doctor told me that some people are on 160mg. So 40mg is not max in anyway.

By the way, I am also having a lot of mucus production. I think it is to do with Gerd but my GP said it might be post nosal drip. Get that checked as well.

I hope this helps.

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   Posted 4/12/2013 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. I appreciate the help.
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