16 Gaviscon Tablets a Day

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Is having16 gaviscon advance tablets a day excessive? 

On the lable it says you can have 2 -4 tablets up to 4 times a day. 

I just ust spread them out over the day to help reduce the nasty acid taste in my mouth. 

do you think that's ok? 

Im in a pattern of sucking on a tablet and then having a cup of chamomile and vice versa. 

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    Hi Rob, 

    As long as you're not exceeding the stated dose, then I think it's ok but I don't plan to use gaviscon in the way I am now for the long term ( my symptoms are different to yours, though- I don't actually have any heartburn or taste of acid, etc, I just have a hoarse voice and throat clearing so I don't take very much but I worry, all the same.)You can Google long term effects of gaviscon to see what I mean. It does say also that 'excessive use' can cause problems but it doesn't really specify what 'excessive use' is.

    regards, mo.

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    why don't you just try to eliminate the sugar, fats and milk in your diet?  No meds is always the best way
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      Yes, its always best to try to limit meds to a minimum but Ive struggled to cut all fats, sugars and milk out. I can't eat red meat so if I can't have milk either I'm left with fewer and fewer things that i can have. Do people here think its best to give up all dairy products or is it mainly milk that makes reflux worse?
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      good question.  I cut them all out (I am not anal about it) at the same time.  I love almond milk in my cereal with artificial sweetner.  (was told monk fruit is the healhiest sweetner)  I also use almond milk in my coffee.  I use fat free and low fat cheeses.  I love cottage cheese (low fat, fat free is not so good) with fruit (no sugar added or fresh)  None of the cheeses give me a problem so maybe sugar is the biggest culprit.  Even fat free milk has 13 grams of sugar!  So maybe try cutting out the refined sugars first?  I do use honey with no problems.  

       

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      Yes, thats a good idea and I'm doing that, already apart from the milk..I think I've read so many things I'm frightened to eat anything now....for example, a lot of people say that a low carb diet helps and the info I read on that said that most fruit is out of the question as its too sweet. Then I read that nuts are out, too (I eat unsalted nuts regularly as I'm veggie). So, no milk, no fruit, no meat, no nuts I just felt like ' what the heck CAN I eat, then?' sorry, rant over :-)
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      lol.  You have already cut out the milk.  Try just cutting out the sugar for 2 weeks.  No milk, no sugar.  Thats all.  If no relief after 2 weeks, then switch all your carbs to wheat.

      I eat nuts a lot.  No problem.

      You are right, if you listen to everyone you will have nothing to eat!  One thing at a time.  I found that sugar was my biggest culprit.  I don't use sugar anymore but use honey and monks fruit.  I do consume things with sugar but I limit them to 8 grams or less.

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    Also, if your reflux is due to say, a faulty muscle, then what good does it do to eat a limited diet? Surely you're going to have reflux anyway, whatever you eat (of course it's obvious that eating a diet of curry and tomatoes would make it worse). I don't think eating a very limited diet is very good for you either.
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      Yes, it's worth a try. Are you managing without meds? By the way, thanks for the food advice- I'm going to try almond milk.
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      I eat fruit, too.  All the berries. And I eat nuts.  I eat low fat and fat free cheeses, too.  No sugar added greek yogert, low fat cottage cheese, fruits spreads, egg whites just to name a few things.  I don't feel deprived at all. When I have a real sugar craving I buy the diabetic snack bars.  I don't know about a faulty muscle.  I have a hyetal hernia (or I did, lol).  My friend who followed my advice is no longer having acid reflux.  She swears it was the sugar causing it.  

      I actually stopped the sugar because I was diagnosed with metobolic syndrome and put on metformin.  I limited my fats to the healthy fats due to high cholestral med.  I am off of both of those meds now and getting off the hyetal hernia medicine was just a bonus!

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      Thank you so much. I appreciate you taking the time to  tell me about all these things. I think you're right in saying that you have to just try cutting out one thing at a time. I was trying to eat a low carb, low fat diet and ending up just starving and thinking I couldn't have anything. I have two children, too and its not easy to cook for me and then again for the rest of the family all the time, which you need to do to stick to some of the recommendations. I'm very slim already as I walk a lot so I can't really afford to lose more weight. It's very difficult for me to know my triggers, too as I don't get heartburn. I have silent reflux so only symptom is a really hoarse voice. 
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