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gaviscon won't touch heartburn!

(33 Posts)
frankiebuns Fri 27-Jun-14 19:34:32

As the title says today my heartburn has been horrid last couple of days its been bad but today is awful, i havent eaten anything spicy fatty greasy or anything that usually sets it off, any good tricks or any ideas what it could be down to. Ll I've had today is cereal a couple snack pork pies a few cherry tyomatos and half a pack of pom bears

blondiep14 Fri 27-Jun-14 19:38:38

Pork pies are quite greasy and toms very acidic and Pom Bears salty!
I do sympathise tho, I had horrendous heartburn. You can get stronger stuff from the GP

MissSmiley Fri 27-Jun-14 19:39:48

Snack pork pies are incredibly high fat. They set my husband off with a gall bladder attack once.

Apart from that and if you're being careful about not eating late and not lying down too soon after eating you should ask your gp for ranitidine. It's like gaviscon but ten times better. You can get something similar over the counter I think but as you're pregnant you should go to gp.

stargirl1701 Fri 27-Jun-14 19:41:50

Last time I was pg my midwife told me to send my husband to buy one of every type of heartburn remedy and see which one worked as the prescribed Gaviscon did nothing. It turns out Fruity Tums are the only ones that work for me.

Send your DH to a 24 hour Tesco!

BobPatandIgglePiggle Fri 27-Jun-14 19:42:50

You need some rabitidine.

EliotAusten Fri 27-Jun-14 19:44:11

Try banana or strawberry flavoured milk. M&S does it by the litre (and stock it in those BP petrol stations with a wee M&S). It has worked a dream for the 4 women I recommended it to after someone recommended it to me.

FannyFifer Fri 27-Jun-14 19:45:25

Ranitidine (Zantac) are a miracle tablet.
Fine to take after first trimester.

Casmama Fri 27-Jun-14 19:45:56

Go to your doctor and ask for omeprazole - there is no need to suffer with heartburn during pregnancy as there are medications which you can take.

BetterWithCheese Fri 27-Jun-14 19:46:20

Yes ranitidine. I had heartburn/reflux very badly when pregnant with my DD and I used to take ranitidine and Gaviscon together. On the plus side it goes away very soon after the baby is born. Drinking milk also helps.

LairyPoppins Fri 27-Jun-14 19:48:30

Are you sure it is heartburn?

www.preeclampsia.org/health-information/sign-symptoms

Sometimes preeclampsia stomach pain can be mistaken for severe heartburn.

scarletforya Fri 27-Jun-14 19:49:06

If you're stuck a vanilla milkshake helps.

Septbaby Fri 27-Jun-14 19:49:59

I'm with you on this, gaviscon only works for me about 50% of the time, even water is giving me heartburn at the moment so I totally feel your pain! When gaviscon not working for me I find a small bowl of plain natural yogurt or a big glass of really cold milk helps quite a lot!

Feel better xx

LJBanana Fri 27-Jun-14 19:54:09

Get some Zantac prescribed. I had heartburn with each of my pregnancy's which eased with gaviscon. With the last one it was so severe I was vomiting daily right the way through. Zantac and gaviscon and chewing gum in the middle.

mrsgembles Fri 27-Jun-14 20:01:20

Zantac ALL THE WAY! I'm on 150mg 2x a day.

Kels13 Fri 27-Jun-14 21:00:03

I had the gaviscon advanced which was a lot better.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Fri 27-Jun-14 21:03:40

I've got omeprazole from the GP.

doobeedee Fri 27-Jun-14 21:09:20

Another vote for Ranitidine. You can get it anywhere and don't actually have to go to a doctor for it.

mrsgembles Fri 27-Jun-14 21:37:12

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mrsgembles Fri 27-Jun-14 21:38:38

Generic ranitidine is dirt cheap in Sainsbury's and Wilkinson's, just get their own brand version.

rightsaidfred Fri 27-Jun-14 22:36:01

Pastry, crisps and tomatoes would be my top three heartburn triggers...... pork pie, and pom bear are really high fat and tomatoes really acidic. The Gaviscon liquid is much better than the tablets but I have to guzzle loads of it. Tesco sell half litre bottles!

Septbaby Fri 27-Jun-14 23:56:05

Just to remind everyone to get their gaviscon through their doctor as you don't pay for prescriptions remember and gaviscon isn't cheap!!

myusernameis Sat 28-Jun-14 00:02:33

Omeprazole or ranitidine. Both can be bought OTT. Ranitidine is faster acting in my experience.

myusernameis Sat 28-Jun-14 00:03:06

I would stay off the tomatoes too if I were you.

Gobbolinothewitchscat Sat 28-Jun-14 00:10:12

Omeprazole is the only thing that worked for me. It's the only medication that actually inhibits the problem rather than addressing the symptoms.

You can buy it iver the counter - it's called zanprol. It's not meant (like most medicines) to be taken whilst pregnant whilst not under doc supervision. However, it is safe. Rather than getting into an argument with the pharmacist, send DH to buy it!

It can sometimes take up to 24 hours to fully kick on so get some ranitidine (losec) to tide you over

I used omeprazole in pregnancy and it was a lifesaver. Don't eat tomatoes, they're very acidic and will make the problem worse!

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