LPR/Silent Reflux - Rinitidine and Gaviscon

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This may be a daft question but I'll ask anyway!

I have been suffering with mucous, throat clearing, cough and a burning/bitter taste for the past few months. Diet changes have helped an awful lot but not eliminated all my symptons. Before I changed my diet, the bitter acid evil taste was unbearable......

I finally made some headway today with my GP who suggested LPR (before I mentioned it) and I have been prescribed a months course of rinitidine to take alongside Gaviscon. Now the question I have is in what order to take the Gaviscon and Rinitidine. I understand that the Gavison acts as a raft on top of the stomach contents to prevent them leaking back up into the throat/mouth so if I take the Rinitidine first, will the 'raft' prevent the rinitidine from getting into my system? On the other hand, if I take the Rinitidine AFTER the Gaviscon, I believe I will break the raft?!?!

I'm also on thyroid medication which I have to take in the morning and am not allowed to take other medications within 4 hours due to absorption issues!

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    This isn't a daft question at all. I take Rinitidine, Gaviscon, two types of blood pressure medication and a statin, so I know how you feel about making sure you're getting the best from your medication. You're right about Gaviscon forming a raft. The GP also told me that, if you take other medication at the same time, the Gaviscon will wrap itself around the tablet and you won't get the benefit. The Gaviscon website says you shouldn't take Gaviscon Advance within two hours of any other medication.

    So, I take the Ranitidine before breakfast, then my blood pressure medication afterwards. I wait until lunchtime before taking Gaviscon and take it after lunch and after my evening meal. I then wait two hours before taking the evening Ranitidine, then the statin before I go to bed. As long as you leave that two hour gap, I'm sure it will be fine.

    Hope this helps and that the Ranitidine and Gaviscon improve things for you.

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    Disclaimer: of course, you should ask the GP about this. However, logic says to take the raniditine before you make the raft with the Gaviscon.
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    I think I will drop my bedtime Gaviscon and just take it after my evening meal then the rinitidine at bedtime smile
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    I think we are supposed to take raniditine 30- 60 minutes before meals.
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    When I was taking Lansoprazole I had to take it 30-60 minutes before food, but the patient information leaflet with Ranitidine simply says 150mg twice a day. I understand that it can also be taken with or without food. Does taking medication 30-60 minutes only apply to PPIs?
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    I don't know about the other medication, which works differently. I took a PPI for just a few days and it made me feel ill. I do know that ranitidine, which is not a PPI, is supposed to be taken before you eat.
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    Having suffered from reflux problems for many years and currently experiencing a bad flare up I would be very grateful to know how you changed your diet ??  
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