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heartburn - argghh

(17 Posts)
CoffeeCoffeeAndLotsOfIt Tue 28-Jun-16 21:10:24

I'm 25 weeks and have what seems like constant heartburn. Which is bothering my asthma and making it hard to breathe.

Gaviscon isn't really doing much - though maybe I'm not taking it often enough.

Anyone have any tips?

Northernlight22 Tue 28-Jun-16 21:11:16

No tips but I'm 25 weeks tomorrow and the heartburn has kicked in this week!

Imnotaslimjim Tue 28-Jun-16 21:12:36

A tsp of bicarb dissolved in warm water. Tastes rank and makes you belch but it neutralises the stomach acid so helps you feel a lot better

Imnotaslimjim Tue 28-Jun-16 21:13:04

And sleep sat up if you can, it gets a lot worse overnight

RatOnnaStick Tue 28-Jun-16 21:13:53

Tip 1: Fuck the recommended dose, you can safely swig it at will if you need to.

Tip 2: Go and ask the doc for some Ranitidine instead. Its much more effective.

memyselfandaye Tue 28-Jun-16 21:15:08

I was prescribed Omeprazole when I was pregnant.

Six years later I still have to take it because the sodding heartburn never left after I had the baby.

Swissgemma Tue 28-Jun-16 21:15:52

I suffered really badly. I was advised to stay ahead of it! So took gaviscon ahead of every meal and before bed even if I wasn't suffering. That and glasses of cold milk!

Imnotaslimjim Tue 28-Jun-16 21:19:55

memyself did you try to just stop taking it? Omeprazole can cause a rebound effect if you take it long term. Reducing the stomach acid can cause it to burn when it returns to normal levels. If you reduce it slowly over 4/5 weeks, you might find you can come off it.

Fourormore Tue 28-Jun-16 21:21:33

I take supermarket brand ranitidine (lays 12 hours) and then Rennies. Supermarket branded Rennies aren't as good.

Fourormore Tue 28-Jun-16 21:21:48

Lasts 12 hours, not lays.

Stylingwax Tue 28-Jun-16 21:22:52

Swig gaviscon. The double action one actually used to make me sick which helped. And a spoonful of vinegar really worked for me.

memyselfandaye Wed 29-Jun-16 21:01:04

Imnotaslimjim I did stop taking it after the pregnancy, but the heartburn never left me. I went back to the doctor who said it was reflux and prescribed it again.

I'm supposed to take it every day, I don't though, but the longest I can go without needing it is 3 days.

mrsbee2be Wed 29-Jun-16 21:56:41

I had this a few weeks back, horrendous indigestion and I thought it was really affecting my asthma.....
Realised it was actually the masses of gaviscon I was drinking which was making me wheezy. I'm now on ranitidine and it's fab.....haven't used an inhaler since a couple of days into taking it!
Wish I'd realised the link earlier, I'm in DC 4!!!

OutsiderInTheGarden Wed 29-Jun-16 22:03:17

Oh god, this is the worst. Had it through my pregnancy with DS1 and now it's back with a vengeance on DS2 (currently 22 weeks). It wakes me up, and gives me terrible coughing fits too. I tried Gaviscon but the taste is so bad that it makes me gag or throw up. sad Rennies are the best tablets I've tried, amd I now drink gallons of milk (never drink milk when I'm not pregnant) which I find very soothing. Really hope this passes soon for you OP.

Scoopmuckdizzy Wed 29-Jun-16 22:16:13

Rennies work for me. I find them much better than gaviscon. I also sip banana milkshake which seems to help in the short term.

dats Wed 29-Jun-16 22:46:09

Ranitidine from Tesco (£1.50 for 12) and Gaviscon Advance / Rennie as and when. It's grim, but much more manageable since I started the ranitidine! Wish I'd mentioned t to GP at last appt as I would have asked for omeprazole. On home strait now, hope it fucks off when the baby is here - it did last time!
dats 37+3

CoffeeCoffeeAndLotsOfIt Thu 30-Jun-16 09:41:14

Thanks all for responding.

I've now got Ranitidine - was prescribed yesterday eve.

Asthma flared up and spent Eve a&e - I'm ok though. The staff were fantastic - really, really thorough. Like a pin cushion today tho!

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