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Tips on Coping with Acid Reflux!

If you are like me, you have the unfortunate luck of having this thing called “acid reflux.” It is NOT fun nor is it comfortable. If you are struggling with it, then feel free to use my tips to help make your life more bearable!

First off, don’t worry if you don’t have a prescription for acid reflux medications such as Aciphex. They work wonders, but you can find other medicine, that is over the counter, for cheaper prices. Prilosec does a decent job, but even that can be pricy, too. You should browse your internet until you find a cheap generic version. Personally, I had great success with a generic version called “Romesec.” I actually got them on Ebay. I received 200 pills (20mg each) for less than $40, which is obviously a far better deal than prescriptions and Prilosec. I’ve taken Aciphex and I’ve taken Prilosec and I can honestly say that Romesec is just as effective.

The key

The key to these tablets, like most other acid reflux medications, is to take the pills LONG BEFORE you eat/drink the naughty foods that you know you should not be touching.

You really have to schedule your day with these pills. I’ve saved money on pills because I know what days I will need pills and what days I won’t; hence, I simply don’t take any pills on days that I know I will be a “good boy” and stay away from stuff that irritates me such as orange juice or sugar cookies. I usually only take the pills on the weekends because that is the time I know I’ll be consuming troublesome products like alcohol and junk food.

If you know you’re going to have a night out in which you probably will come in contact with troublesome foods/drinks, then you really should take the pills at least 3 hours before you go out in order to get the best results. These pills do not take effect immediately, so if you have a bad case of reflux/heartburn, don’t expect these pills to instantly cure it. For immediate relief, you’re probably better off taking a handful of Tums and then going to bed with a stack of pillows under your head so you can keep your neck partially elevated to eliminate the annoying acids from creeping their way up on you.

The Best Medications

But the key is not having the best medications . . . the key is knowing which foods and drinks to avoid! Here is a list of items that most people with acid reflux should avoid taking in large doses:

  • Orange Juice
  • Non-Diet Soda Pop
  • Gatorade/Powerade
  • Alcohol/Beer
  • Cookies
  • Excessive Butter
  • Excessive Mayonnaise
  • Pop Tarts
  • Brownies
  • Candy/Candy Bars
  • Cinnamon Oatmeal

If you stay away from those items and follow the advice of the best Gastroenterologist in Fort Pierce, then you should live life just a bit more comfortably! But, if you can’t stay away from those items, then please make sure to plan ahead (at least 3 hours) with some Prilosec or Romesec, or you’ll be paying for it later!

Vikram Tarugu

Dr. Vikram Tarugu is an award-winning Gastroenterologist with board certification earned from both the “American Board of Internal Medicine” and the “American Board of Internal Medicine Sub-Specialty in Gastroenterology“. Currently practicing in West Palm Beach & Okeechobee, FL. Dr. Vikram Tarugu is a proficient medical professional specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive health complications. With over 20 years of in-the-field experience, 2,000+ procedures conducted, and 4,000 patients treated; Dr. Vikram Tarugu has been recognized as one of the best GI doctors, not only in the state of Florida in which he practices, but nationwide.

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