Started getting acid reflux

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Hi, I'm 16 and started getting acid reflux with heart burn for three days straight, it may have started because I took a beta-blocker for my anxiety, but the reflux was off for about a week before it flared up again, I went to my GP and he prescribed Omeprazole 20mg which I haven't taken yet in fear of the side affects sad I also heard that these tablets do not help the root cause of acid reflux. What should I do? I have propped pillows to elevate my upper body when I sleep to prevent the heart burn getting worse, but I also get this lump in my throat feeling sometimes... I'm scared that this may never go away, or it might get worse... Should I take a tablet and see what happens? Or should I try and change my diet or something?

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    Hi Maria,

    From experience, I know that anxiety medication worsens heartburn. I also know that constant heartburn and it's resulting lack of sleep increases the anxiety so you're stuck in a cycle. I get more heartburn when I'm anxious.

    I can't say whether you should take it or not. 20mg is a low dose and your GP obviously thinks it would be beneficial.

    Good luck.

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    The usual cause of acid reflux is a weakening of the valve at the bottom of the oesophagus (gullet). Working properly it lets food and drink down into the stomach where acid works to break it down. When the valve weakens (most usually with age) it doesn't close properly and acid refluxes back up into the oesophagus. The stomach had a lining of mucus which protects the underlying tissues from being burned by the acid but the oesophagus does not have this lining so the tissues become irritated and inflammed and we get what feels like heartburn. Omeprazole works by reducing the amount of acid that the stomach produces. The drug has its uses - particularly when someone has stomach ulcers. The less acid there is the better the chance of them healing. There are side effects but they are not serious. It came be a problem when you come off them and normal levels of acid production resume. The initial symptoms can simply return. I believe that a change in diet can help reduce and even prevent acid reflux. Worst offenders for triggering reflux can be fizzy drinks, tea, coffee, chocolate, fried and fatty foods and many oher things. Weight has an effect too. Carrying excess weight around the middle creates pressure on the stomach and pushes acid back up. Check out webpages for FODMAP for GERD or GORD gastro osesophagul reflux disease.

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    Why beta blockers? Why not alprazolam or diazepam. I would go for alprazolam. If you have heartburn then take an H2 blocker for a week and see how this goes. Forget about PPIs for now. If the H2 does not work (ranitidine generic-zantac) then go on PPI ome prazole 10mg for the beginning. The anxiety meds do not worse heartburn it actually lowers the stomach acid as well (my gastro told be that). Anxiety may be the culprit but the main culprit is found after some time with the condition (this is when you can make conclusion what is really going on)
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      Idk why my GP prescribed beta-blockers for my anxiety, I'll try out a H2 blocker instead of jumping straight to the PPI. If anxiety isn't the cause then hopefully I'll find the real cause soon. Thanks esic smile

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