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Heartburn - when is bad really bad?

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KateeTheBump Mon 18-Jul-11 11:54:31

Those of you who have been prescribed omzaprozole or similar for acid reflux/heartburn, how bad did it get before the GP prescribed medication instead of just gaviscon?

Am 27 weeks and am needing the gaviscon more and more - 4-5 times a day at the moment - so can't quite imagine what it will be like once the uterus has totally shoved my stomach upwards! Just wondered at what point the gaviscon does more harm than good and should be replaced by medication?

Thanks in advance smile

supadupapupascupa Mon 18-Jul-11 11:56:43

gaviscon IS medication, i'm confused

i don't think it gets much worse than what you describe, and yes i went through buckets of the stuff. It gets better towards the end when baby drops, i promise smile

KateeTheBump Mon 18-Jul-11 12:02:26

Sorry, should have said acid-repressant medication - Gaviscon is over the counter, so I didn't see it as 'strictly' medication iyswim!

Amazing how quickly you get used to slurping gaviscon isn't it? grin

tooyoo Mon 18-Jul-11 12:55:21

I wouldn't worry about 4-5 times a day, I take it about 15 to 20 times a day. Doc advised take as and when necessary. Took it similar amount of times last pregnancy and ds is fine. You do what you have to do to get through!

JenniL1977 Mon 18-Jul-11 13:07:11

Katee there's a super-industrial-strength Gaviscon your doctor can and will prescribe you, you don't have to persevere with that over the counter rubbish. It has the consistency of tar, but my god it's good.
I drink it from the bottle. Although now the baby's been engaged for a couple of weeks and my bump's dropped (am 35+5 now) I don't need it as badly. But it was murder between 25 and 33 weeks. Keep it next to your bed too, and get another pillow so you don't have nighttime attacks and can find it without having to wake yourself up properly smile

KateeTheBump Mon 18-Jul-11 13:34:22

Thanks Jenni :-) I've just started on the super-strength Gaviscon Advance, I agree its a bit like minty tar, but it seems to do the trick... thinking at this rate I will need to have it scattered all over the house in smaller bottles (got the huge size)! grin

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