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Which is better for my reflux the liquid aloe vera or the pill. Does anyone take this to help their acid reflux. I also take omeprazole (10mg) once a day but also saw in the book Dropping Acid that aloe vera was good. I just don't know what form to use.

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    Hi, I tried liquid aloe vera and it definitely helped acid reflux. Unfortunately, i couldnt continue as it was irritating my gastritis. But it worked for me for reflux. You could try the liquid, I think that is more effective.
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    I have been taking a dessertspoonful of coconut oil as and when I feel the acid reflux being a problem... It makes no sense to me and I worry evey time I put it in my mouth but it really works and keeps me pain free for enough time for my stomach to settle. I also take some plain rice cakes and a glass of Lactofree milk to bed... This stops any night time rawness and keeps my calcium intake up. This was severely depleted by ten years on Omneprazole.
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      Thanks...I don't even get a burning feeling, just bad chest pains and weird sensations every time I eat...very painful...omeprazole was started after years of suffering with horrible indigrestion and its the only thing that has helped
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    I get both and mainly dependant on what I consume these days....before it was all the time even if I did not eat.
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    If you have reflux on a regular basis its what the doctor prescribes. My PPI is a capsule lanzoprazole
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    "There were 36million prescriptions written for PPIs in the UK last year  -  a threefold rise since2000."

    That is a ridiculous amount and cannot all be for Barrets, Ulcers etc. If you don't have ulcers then eight weeks is enough to rest the stomach for it to recover....with a corrected diet it can recover on its own from mild digestive disorders... which can feel quite horrid and frightening incidentaly... The government is very concerned that the overuse of these drugs has caused many symptoms of other problems to be masked leading to far more problems than have been helped. They do not cure Reflux... they only mask the symptoms.

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      Sorry but I think you don't fully understand how PPI's are used. Yes they are probably over prescribed like other medicines, but for many people they can transform your life and I already eat a very bland diet on a regular basis.

      What the PPI does is reduce the acid in your stomach so there is not enough to cause reflux problems. Before I took PPI's I had constant throat problems and even got re-admitted to hospital once because I developed an infection after throat surgery, caused by my reflux which no one knew I had at the time. My body generates too much acid so I need quite a high dose to prevent problems. Changing my diet will not stop my body generating too much acid, that is how it works.

      I work with my dr and we monitor my use of PPI and the dosage and I just had checks by a consultant to see if I was ok. What was interesting was he did a 48hr ph monitoring test while I was on my high dose PPI and guess what, even on that dose I was only just normal,  so imagine how bad it would be if I didn't take it.

      They are a wonderful drug and there are lots of people out there who benefit from that capsule every day, its time we started saying that instead of all the bad news we hear about them.

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      Hi wknight. Good to know PPI's helped you. I agree with you. There is really a lot of info on PPI side effects on the internet. When I started having reflux about 5 months ago, I didnt want to take PPI's because of all that was said about them. I did all alkaline diets possible, candida diets (naturopaths tend to over diagonize candida issues), and spent around 1500$ consulting naturopaths and buying natural supplements for alternative treatment. Nothing helped, I grew from bad to worse. I was finally scoped and diagonized with gastritis and silent reflux. I started taking PPI's since about 2.5 months now and I am happy to say that I have recovered 80-90%. My progress on PPI's was so good that the doc reduced the dosage to half (I now take 20mg of nexium) and I had no rebound acid issues whatsoever. I feel so much better and I feel like I got my life back. 

      I definitely agree that there has been over negative publicity of PPI side effects. My grandfather has been on them since 15+ years and he is doing absolutely fine. My dad has been on them since a while as well. Both are diabetics but they are doung fine. I am not saying PPI's wouldnt cause side effects, there are definitely people who dont tolerate them. Having said that, it is also true that all drugs including paracetamol can have side effects. Doesnt too much use of ibuprufen cause ulcers?or isnt tylenol hard on the liver?therefore, every drug has its own pro's and cons and it is upto the patient and doctor to weigh them carefully and see what works best for them and what doesnt. It worked for me!

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      Thank you! I needed that today. I have been so scared taking these pills from what everyone says but they do really help me. I would not take them if I didn't really need to!
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