Acid Reflux and Gabapentin.

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Only been on Gabapentin for 2 weeks and at a low dose but I have developed acid reflux. I have been off this medication for 6 days so I was hoping the acid reflux would go away. It hasn`t. My doctor told me to try Zantac but that hasn`t worked. I fortunately do not have heartburn but the bitter taste in my mouth constantly is just taking it`s toll.  I`m cutting out dairy and changing my diet but of course I am in the early stages so have just not got into this sudden dietery change.  I read so much on the next I would have thought there ws a prescription drug or over the counter drug that would help.

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    Drugs are so weird. I cant confirm that antibiotics caused my gerd for sure but i feel like its quite the coincidence just like you cant confirm 100 percent the gababpentin caused yours. Ive tried everything too and the gerd is still around after 8 months or something like that. I dont have a bitter taste but my throat is raw and sore all the time and I feel like my throat is swollen. It clicks and theres just something wrong with it. 

    You may want to see docs to confirm its reflux that you have and not something else. 

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      Thanks  for your response.  No we cannot confirm that a particularly drug brought on gerd but I feel it`s too much of a conincidence and my pharmacist checked and gabapentin can bring on acid reflux so I feel that pretty well confirms it.  Sorry to hear you have had this problem for 8 months.  I only know I have to find relief as this bitter taste constantly is just getting me down.  
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    Hi. Maybe try speaking to your doctor about PREGABALIN. it's from the same family as Gabapentin but in my experience a much better drug. That may cause the acid reflux to stop (I cannot guarantee it though. Just a hunch)

    keep me updated. Thanks

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      Hi, Thanks for your suggestion re Pregabalin.  I will check it out. I don`t look forward to my meals anymore as I know what the after effect will be. I am losing weight so you have to look on the bright side!!  Thanks for your input.   
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    I am not a doctor so I can't recommend any medicine but I would like to share my experience. I tried Risek for 5 days and now its been 15 days I have'nt felt reflux problem.
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    I have to say I agree.  I have been battling this for over six weeks and nothing really helps except vinager and water.  I 've been taking all the same kinds of strategies u are and the probiotics and prescription Nexium, but also, my hot flashes are much worse. I'm anxious, and I haven't slept restfully, causing more issues.
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      You're likely experiencing the hot flashes, anxiety and insomnia due to an interaction between Nexium and gabapentin. Nexium causes 20% less gabapentin to be absorbed. So you're likely going through a precipitated withdrawal. I know this is three years late, but I'm posting this for the benefit of others who may see it.

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    The instructions for gabapentin say not to take any antacid medication with it. My question is what are you supposed to do if you already have acid reflux ?
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      Geez I didn't know that, well have been taking antacids not alot as the one I take is a 12hr one... but it hasn't helped sad

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    I've been taking it now for 2wks and my acid reflux is waking me .. totally leaving my whole throat and roof of my mouth burning and no amount of antacids help sad

    I do take a Somac every morning which to help my gut with other meds but it's sure ain't helping this one.  And am always feeling off colour!

    I was taking Lyrica for nerve pain but dr has made a switch to see if the Gabapentin if it helps better!

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    Was just checking out the connection is more common in females usually 60+ and females taking BP meds!  I'm not 60 but I do take BP meds .. I hate this medication!

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    Can you check my other post about how I cured myself of oesophagitis grade 2, Extreme heartburn, gerd, belching symptoms. It was so worse that I used to vomit acid after coughing. My GI tract was burnt literally because of the acid and 

    the pain from the throat to the stomach is unbearable. I could not eat anything.

    I used to take proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole, pantoprazole, esomoprazole, lanzoprazole, but I stopped as they are a temporary solution only valid for 1 day and not a cure. Before that I tried all the Antacids, Zantac, Ranitidine, Cimetidine....etc.

    Only the following worked for me.

    1) Amla juice(1 spoon full) Aloe Vera(1/4 glass), water 1/2 glass. Mix these and drink early in the morning after brushing. Ensure you drink in one gulp without any air entering mouth and not in sips. Remember that most aloe vera juice available in the market is sweetened, or mixed with other preservatives. Also tried to use the raw aloe pulp that can be bought in fiesta, but the problem is with bitterness. To avoid bitter taste of the raw aloe pulp, you have to add honey and too 

    much honey is again not too good and it becomes acidic.

    Note: Order 2-5 different varieties of natural unadulterated, unsweetened(No sugar and honey) aloe vera juice from market. It should not contain any sugar/honey or any other juice mixed into it. As soon as you drink little bit you should 

    feel cooling sensation in your GI tract above oesophagus. If you dont feel the coolness in your GI tract, then it is not for you, so please discard it immediately. This is from my experience.

    Amla juice(Indian Gooseberry) is one of the most powerful antioxidant available today, and the richest source of Vitamin C in the world. It works superbly for gerd, heartburn, peptic ulcer, stomach cancer...etc.

    Mixing Aloe Vera juice and Amla juice with plain water makes for the best solution to treat these GI related symptoms. It is better than any other combinations. The important thing is to take this solution continuosly after brushing daily for atleast a month. You can also take 

    it before food in the middle of the day when you get extreme heartburn. 

    Recommended Brands: Can be bought from Amazon or local Walmart

    Lilly of the desert Aloe Vera juice 1 gallon - $21 approx 

    Fruit of the earth Aloe Vera Juice 1 gallon - $6.44 approx

    Grenera Amla Powder is also good. - $8.99 approx

    When you buy these in amazon, make sure you buy the biggest packs you can afford. If you are using these, make sure that you use it atleast for a month, for a permanent solution.

    2) Greek yogurt 0% fat (1 part), water (10 parts). Coriander (5 leaves). Blend these and drink after food.

    3) Watermelon juice

    4) Drink Warm water multiple times in the day with a lemon slice in it. Dont juice the lemon, just let it float around for few minutes and drink. This increases the alkanity of the water.

    Avoid all processed, baked goods, meats, oily foods, restaurant food, alcohol, smoking for few days. Take plain veggie salads and fruits for couple of weeks. Dont mix any spice or nuts or heavy salad creams/dressings, icecreams into 

    this. Dont eat chocolates, biscuits, cakes. desserts, sweets....etc.

    Instead of eating 2-3 large meals in a day try to take 5-6 small meals instead. 

    Eat on time, sleep on time, drink plenty of water during the day. Dont get angry, tensed, depressed for few days. Dont forget to deep breathe. Avoid too much cardio work that speeds up your heart rate, as this causes heartburn. Do light 

    exercise and yoga type only without increasing exhaustion and heart rate too much.

    Practice pranayama. Take a deep breath through mouth till lungs are full of air, hold the air in for 2 sec. Slowly breathe out. Practice this for 5 mins whenever you have heart burn. This will give you a lot of instantaneous relief.

    Let me know how you feel. If you would follow these for a month, your gerd symptoms would be cured within 1-2 months. 

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