Zantac For Pregnancy Heartburn

There are many causes of bad breath in a person. It is important for any person who suffers, or causes others to suffer, with bad breath to find the specific cause of their bad breath. This common social disease can be devastating to personal relationships at work and home. The only way to find a good, effective treatment for bad breath is to find the specific cause. Some people who suffer with specific digestive disorders will find that Zantac is a cure for bad breath. This is one of those unintended consequences.

Halitosis is often used as meaning foul odor from the mouth. This is not correct and is a common misconception. The correct term for odors emanating from the oral cavity (your mouth) is Fetor Oris where Fetor is defined as a strong offensive, foul breath odor smell and Oris is from the mouth. Fetor Oris is a common malady for all ages.

Peptic Ulcer And Bad Breath

Bacteria in the body that is causing other problems as well cause many times bad breath. Certain bacteria have distinct odors and this will present itself as bad breath or other odor disorders in the human body. It has been found that peptic ulcers are often caused by a bacterium and the chronic infection makes a person have reflux and sometimes frequent vomiting that will contribute to the bad breath. By taking medication for the peptic ulcer, an H2 blocker such as Zantac may cure bad breath also.

The Effect Of Zantac To Cure Bad Breath

A person with a peptic ulcer not only has a bacterial infection that may be causing odor but has a problem with heartburn and reflux that will lead to bad breath as well. Zantac works in the stomach to decrease the indigestion associated with the ulcer. This will prevent heartburn, reflux, and any other odors with the ulcer. Taking Zantac to cure bad breath can be an effective method of treatment. The doctor may also treat the ulcer with an antibiotic to rid the body of the offending bacteria. The combination of treatments will make successful cure more possible.

Talk To A Doctor

Any one with a chronic problem of bad breath will want to see their personal physician and discuss the problem. If a person also has frequent indigestion or heart burn they should be sure to inform the doctor of this. The doctor can have tests performed that can help determine the specific cause of the bad breath and can prescribe treatment. If a digestive disorder is the basic cause Zantac can help to cure the bad breath problem.

Zantac is available over the counter but there are also prescription strengths available.

The doctor can best determine which strength and method of taking the drug will suit the patient. If a person can not get in to see the doctor quickly they may want to start taking the over the counter Zantac while waiting for their appointment but they should be sure to let the doctor know of this medication and any other medications they are taking.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a hidden secret to relieve heartburn besides Tums and Milk?
    I have horrible pregnancy heartburn and I go through Tums like candy and I might as well just buy the darn milk cow. Any tips to help relieve it for more than 30 minutes would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      You can keep Mylanta in the fridge. It's safe. (My hospital gives it to women in labor.) Something about the cold in addition to the antacid seems to help, and you can take it as often as you need to.

      With your OB's OK, you can take 150mg of Zantac twice a day. (You can buy Zantac over the counter, now.)

      And, if all else fails, get a prescription for or some samples of Prevacid. That's what I ended up doing, when the Zantac wasn't enough, and I never had another problem with heartburn. I took it up until the day I delivered, both times, and then quit.

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any good remedies for pregnancy heartburn?
    Anything I eat gives me heartburn, and I have had it for like a week.
    Keep in mind I am seven months pregnant. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I can tell you that Baking Soda in Water is not safe in pregnancy especially if you have high blood pressure!! It will make you retain water and cause electrolyte imbalances. Over the counter Zantac is safe as well as Tums. Sucking on Lemon or Ginger candy is also a good remedy. The best thing to do is not eat 2 hours before bed, stay away from spicy foods, and drink plenty of water. Stay away from acidic drinks such as soda and citrus juices. Nothing will take all of your heartburn away, but if it is too severe, talk it over with your Dr. and there are prescription medications that are safe to take in pregnancy to help with this issue.

  3. QUESTION:
    What works best to get rid of heartburn during pregnancy?
    I am nearly 14 weeks pregnant and have only started getting this, i haven't been sick throughout my pregnancy at all. But this is starting ti make me feel ill in the evenings.

    • ANSWER:
      i am in my third trimester and it is so annoying. try to see if you can use tums. I used zantac because my doctor said that it was okay and that helped a bit. don't overeat, don't lie down right after you eat.

  4. QUESTION:
    I'm 35 weeks pregnant,will taking zantac 150 twice a day have any effects on baby?
    I was prescribed zantac for the most evil pregnancy heartburn.I would actually wake up gagging.At first,I didn't want to take it because I feared side effects.I decided to finally try it and its like a wonder drug.I can finally eat and sleep and function without heartburn.I just started taking it a few days ago.Will it affect my baby?I couldn't find much info on this.

    • ANSWER:
      150 is very high amount, normally it is one a day and only 50 and there is no evidence of it causing affect on baby but not recommend when breastfeeding, ask your doctor as they can tell you better, Good Luck

  5. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken Zantac for heartburn during pregnancy and had side effects?
    My doctor prescribed me 150mg Zantac two times a day for heartburn.I read the common and not so common side effects like constipation,diarrhea,headache,dizziness,heart palpitations etc...I think Id rather just have heartburn.I am curious though,has anyone really had these types of side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      I have been prescribed Zantac for my heartburn during both pregnancies. During my first I took the prescription for about a week. It did absolutely nothing to ease my heartburn and made me feel like I was dealing with morning sickness all over again even though I was in my second trimester. I don't know if the Zantac contributed to this but I did go into early labor at 28 weeks. Luckily, my doctor's were able to stop my labor in time and I carried until 38 weeks and delivered a healthy 6.7lb baby boy.

      I am now 34 weeks into my second pregnancy and was recently prescribed Zantac again for my heartburn. This time I opted not to take it. Before I was prescribed the Zactac I was taking Tropical Smoothie flavored 750mg Tums but after I decided not to take the Zantac I bought the Mint flavored 1000mg Tums which has been working wonders!

      Also for other heartburn prevention tips:
      - Do not lay down or slouch for about 2 hours after eating. This allows your stomach acid to digest the food without coming back up. If you lay down right after or while you're eating gravity ends up working against you.

      - Raw almonds are also a HUGE life saver! The oils that almonds naturally have help to calm stomach acid.

      - Milk is sometimes a helpful alternative as well and can also give you that extra boost in calcium

      - Honey is another good natural alternative and works the same as the raw almonds (if you have a nut allergy)

  6. QUESTION:
    Any helpful ideas on how to get rid of pregnancy heartburn???
    Hi ladies. Im 23 weeks pregnant & Im miserable with daily-killer-annoying heartburn. It seems that anything I eat or drink causes it. I take Tums & it works for a few minutes then its back again. Im desperate for any home remedies or anything that has worked for you. Please help! Thanks ;)

    • ANSWER:
      Two Zantac. Although they are safe for pregnant women, you should always check with your doctor before taking any medicines. You are not taking enough Tums if it is returning that quickly, try to chew more of them.

  7. QUESTION:
    How can i help ease heartburn and braxton hicks during pregnancy?
    Hiya. I'm due to give birth in six weeks, and i've just started to get heartburn quite badly. Is there honestly anything i can take for it that wont put the baby at risk? And also, whats the best way to ease braxton hicks? They came on a few days ago and don't seem to be going anywhere fast! xx

    • ANSWER:
      There are a few heartburn remedies you can try before resorting to meds:

      Try to drink between meals and limit your fluids during meals.
      Stop eating 1-2 hours before going to bed.
      Sleep with your head elevated on 2 or 3 pillows.
      Eat a banana- they're natural acid reducers!
      Drink a glass of milk when you feel the heartburn coming on.

      Talk to your doctor before taking any meds during pregnancy. Zantac, Tums, and Pepcid are all safe to take while pregnant. Your doctor may offer more choices, as some 'ok' Prilosec and Prevacid.

      As for the contractions, make sure you're drinking enough water. If you get dehyrdated, you're more likely to have contractions. You should be drinking at least 10 glasses of water a day. Braxton Hicks contrations will usually stop if you change your level of activity- if you were active, try to relax. Lie down or take a warm bath or shower. If you were resting, try going for a walk. Drink two large glasses of water.

      Good luck!

  8. QUESTION:
    Is heartburn relief medicine safe during pregnancy?
    I have terrible heartburn, and I have some acid reducer medicine for heartburn relief. The active ingredient is Ranitidine (75 mg in each tablet.) I would call my doctor but my heartburn is killing me and it's late. Is this safe?

    • ANSWER:
      tums is totally safe. i used it all the time. after the first trimester, you can use other things too, like pepcid and zantac, but you really should ask your doctor or at least let them know what you're taking. my ob/gyn has a list of safe meds on her website:

  9. QUESTION:
    Any way to help heartburn when pregnant?
    I'm having problems with heartburn is there anything I can do to help with it? Or what to avoid? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      so sorry you're dealing with this! i've had terrible heartburn the 2nd half of both my pregnancies. here are some things that i hope help.

      non-medicinal
      * avoid spicy and greasy foods
      * eat smaller meals throughout day instead of 3 big meals
      * don't eat 1/2 - 1 hour before bedtime/naps
      * sleep propped up

      medicinal - ask you doctor first!! - but here's what i've done w/ my doctor's permission
      * tums
      * zantac (150mg, twice a day)
      * prilosec otc (really check about this, but i've had to switch to it)

  10. QUESTION:
    What is your most favorite and least favorite thing about being pregnant?
    OR, if you are only a little ways into your first pregnancy what are you most looking forward to, and what are you least looking forward to?

    • ANSWER:
      finally a good question! everyone is asking the 'am i pregnant' Q tonight!

      id say the favorites are feeling the baby and having noooo period! i love that. it kinda sucks though because i bought a HUGE box of tampons and then i figured out i was pregnant again and now every one that comes over uses them..... LOL

      the worst and least favortie thing hasta be the heartburn!!!! this is my second pregnancy and i have heartburn all day every day, even if i havent eaten or when i do eat. i have zantacs but they dont work. it sucks.....oh well its sooo worth it!

      congrats!

  11. QUESTION:
    HEARTBURN and it really hurts does any one know what they can do for home remedies?
    gosh i get this heartburn everynight and i am preganet 7months and i have a prescription and taken it with maloxx and its not working and my chest is exploding so bad it hurts any remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Baking soda in water might work, but the relief it provides will be brief.

      Go to the store and get some Pepcid (or store brand of famotidine) or Zantac (or store brand of ranitidine). They're safe to use in pregnancy (Prilosec isn't) and effective. A dose of either will last about 12 hours.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can I take Zantac 75 for heartburn during pregnancy?
    Im 22 weeks pregnant and suffering with constant heartburn(I have it even when Im not pregnant but pregnancy just made it worse).Did anyone take Zantac when pregnant or know if its ok to take it?

    • ANSWER:
      The only thing I know that is okay to take is tums. Tums are fine during pregnancy. Hopefully they will help, also, you can try drinking some milk.

      Kim

  13. QUESTION:
    Any other pregnant ladies still awake because of heartburn?
    I can't sleep. Can you die of heartburn? Lol Only kidding. But seriously, I took two maximum strength Zantac and it didn't help at all. Anyone know of any at home remedies safe for a very pregnant lady to relieve heartburn?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 40 & 2 today, and im still suffering from it, Ok so im England and its 9.05am here but i seriously get about 2-3 hours sleep because of heartburn. I drink milk straight from the fridge to try and calm it down, i must do this 5-6 times through the night and then i have to visit the bathroom at least five times in the night. Gaviscon is good i really need to get some in again lol,. I hopeyou don't have it all through your pregnancy i like i have its one of the many "lovely" side effects of carrying our budles of joy :) .
      Good Luck xx

  14. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of heartburn during your pregnancy?
    I have discomfort feeling that starts in my throat and my chest. I take Zantac 75 but it doesn't help much.
    Any tips and ideas to get rid if heartburn?and this heartburn will last till the end of my pregnancy??????!!!!!!!!
    10 weeks pregnant
    heartburn in pregnancy caused by a hormone not the growing baby!!! and yes some women get it in first trimester.. google it!

    • ANSWER:
      Tums, bubbly soda, NOT EATING SPICYISH FOODS, after eating make sure and stay elevated

  15. QUESTION:
    Anyone have any home remedies for heartburn?
    I'm 22 weeks pregnant and I have the worse acid indigestion I've ever had. It's horrible! I don't only have heartburn 90% of the time, but I'm neaseaus with occasional vomiting.

    Does anyone know any pregnancy safe tricks I could try? I'm already taking tums and zantac, which are helping a bit. But any additional ideas would be welcome. I'm desperate!

    • ANSWER:
      Drink a glass of milk..my boyfriend does when he has heartburn and he says it works for him.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have severe heartburn in the early stages of pregnancy?
    I have a feeling that i may be pregnant but just haven't got round to taking a test yet. I have suffered severe heartburn, dizziness and slight nausea in the past 4 days. I know that nausea is a common pregnancy symptom, but it is normal to have heartburn this early on in pregnancy? I would be two weeks maximum! Any advise would be gratefully received!!

    • ANSWER:
      This is common. Take either Zantac or Prilosec once a day. Then use Tums (chewable calcium tabs) for breakthrough heartburn. All these meds are OTC and fine to take while pregnant.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is there any DAILY acid reflux medication safe to taking during pregnancy?
    I have HORRIBLE G.E.R.D. (acid comes up and feels like I can't swallow)
    Since my husband and I are trying to for baby #1, I'm worried what effects my current pill will have on the baby till I find out.
    So as the question asks: Is there any DAILY acid reflux medication safe to taking during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      i have been having horrible heartburn since my baby dropped about a week ago. I asked my doc about it today and she said I could take just about anything. She gave me a script for Zantac 150. Just make sure you talk to a doc about it before you take anything especially in early pregnancy.

  18. QUESTION:
    I am 8 weeks pregnant, what over the counter meds should I avoid?
    I take Excedrine and Zantac on a regular basis but now that I am 8 weeks pregnant I should probably not take them any more right? What is safe to take for a headache if I am pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      Zantac is fine but drop the exedrine. Tylenol is all you can really take for a headache during pregnancy. I am on Zantac for heartburn (38 weeks pregnant) and my dr. said it is a class B drug, same as tylenol.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can you take Zantac while pregnant and nursing?
    I'm pregnant and I have heartburn, no matter what I eat. A banana, cereal, peanut butter. lol It's horrible! Is Zantac really safe during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it's perfectly safe. My doctor prescribed me Zantac while I was pregnant, I was originally on Prilosec for acid reflex and they switched me over to Zantac. I would call your doctor first before starting it just to check.

  20. QUESTION:
    Have any of you taken Nexium or Prevacid for acid reflux while you were pregnant?
    It's a category B drug which means it is generally safe in pregnancy but would you take it? And i'm not talking about minor heartburn i mean severe, wanna-die, moaning in pain on the floor, battery acid burning your insides kind of heartburn. That's the kind of heartburn I get if I don't take my medicine. I'm not pregnant but I am thinking about the future and I want your input please. I appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Actually yes I have because I have severe digestive issues even when not expecting. With each pregnancy since having my gallbladder removed I throw up the entire time and have severe stomach pain. My doctor prescribed Prevacid and I toke that up until they discovered I was allergic to it. Now they have me on Zantac for it and that seams to work well in helping me keep food down. Trust me i understand not wanting to take something but if its severe enough to where you cant hold food down that not good for a baby ether. That's why I decided to go ahead and take it so I could have the vitamins the baby so vitally needs. Just so you know my 11 month old was born perfectly healthy after taking these during pregnancy as well. If your doctor prescribed it then they have taken in to account the risks and I think you will be safe. Good luck and hope this helps.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can I take Tylenol Alergie meds during pregnancy?
    I read somewhere I can take tylenol alergie multi-symptom during pregnancy? I'm not sure and I can't seem to find a lot on it.. I will call me doc tomorrow, but for now was wondering if I can use it because I'm so stuffed up and can't breath very well.

    • ANSWER:
      My Dr gave me a list of meds I could take from the start. And on it was any tylenol medicine, so tylenol sinus etc are okay. Here is the list:

      Headache
      Tylenol, Head-on

      Head cold, stuffy nose
      Sudafed, Tylenol Cold & Sinus, Vicks Vapor Rub

      Sore Throat
      Cepacol, Halls, or Chloraseptic spray/lozenges

      Cough
      Robitussin DM

      Indigestion
      Tums, Maalox, Milk of Magnesia, Mylanta

      Constipation
      Increase fluids, prune juice, bran, Metamucil

      Diarrhea
      Imodium

      Heartburn
      Tums, Rolaids, Zantac, Pepcid

  22. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me where I can find a list of medications to absolutely avoid during pregnancy?
    I want to know what pills/medications I should definitely NOT take while pregnant and what medications will or can cause birth defects. I have been searching the internet for an actual list of bad medications but cant find anything. I don't know what is safe to take. I feel I'm high risk and don;t want to jeopardize my baby's health. Can anyone tell me through experience, things I should totally stay away from?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are talking over the counter medications, my doctor has a list they give out of what's okay. Everything else is NOT okay without checking with the doctor. There's not much that's safe for pregnancy.

      Over-the-counter medications that are OK during pregnancy: (take them sparingly)
      For cough: Robitussin DM
      For congestion/allergy symptoms: Sudafed, Dimetapp, Claritin
      For diarrhea: Immodium AD
      For headache: Tylenol, (NO aspirin, Motrin, Advil, etc.)
      For minor muscle aches/pain and back pain: Tylenol, heating pad, (NO Aspirin, etc.)
      For heartburn: Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta, Zantac, Pepcid AC
      For yeast infection: Monistat, Gyne-lotrimin
      For insomnia: Benadryl
      For hemorrhoids: Anusol cream, Preparation H, Tucks pads
      Antibiotics: Penicillin, Augmentin, Ampicillin, Keflex, Erythromycin, Z-pak, Macrobid

  23. QUESTION:
    What do you do when Tums won't fix heartburn during pregnancy?
    It is So bad, I always feel like my throat is being eaten away by acid, and Tums will help for about 5 minutes, and then it's back. Suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      When I read this the firs tthing that popped into my head was "ZANTAC" but someone beat me to it!
      I used the ultrastrength tums (the HUGE ones) and when i couldn't even lay diagonal without my throat burning and feeling like I was seconds away from vomiting, I ran for the zantac. it's honestly a lifesaver

  24. QUESTION:
    Can I take Rolaids the day after taking prescription Reglan?
    My dr. prescribed me Reglan for my nausea that I've had all week and I only took one yest afternoon. It gave me bad side effects so I didn't take it today. I have heartburn now and want to use rolaids for it. Is that okay?
    I took a pregnancy test before and it came back negative. I've been feeling nauseous and having heartburn since Sunday and my doctor said it's probably just a bug but i just feel so sick!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can.

      It would help if I knew if you had nausea due to pregnancy, sickness, general malaise (you don't feel good and you don't know why) or an ulcer.

      If pregnant, consult your doctor, but for the most part, and product that has *only* calcium carbonate as the 'active' ingredient, you will be okay.

      If it is due to a sickness, such as chemotherapy, etc. you will want to contact your doctor.

      If it is due to general malaise, it is fine.

      If it is due to an ulcer, or a suspected ulcer, you will want to take Pepcid, Zantac, Prilosec or Prevacid. These are much better than calcium carbonate. Take them as directed on the box and avoid alcoholic drinks for a while. You will feel better in a few weeks. If you don't feel better in 6 weeks, go back to your doctor.

      I hope you feel better soon.

  25. QUESTION:
    What are the social behavior effects of taking risperidone?
    Social effects (depending on the drug: either societal, or how an individual acts differently, or both)

    • ANSWER:
      Risperidone may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
      drowsiness

      dizziness

      nausea

      vomiting

      diarrhea

      constipation

      heartburn

      dry mouth

      increased saliva

      increased appetite

      weight gain

      stomach pain

      anxiety

      agitation

      restlessness

      dreaming more than usual

      difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep

      decreased sexual interest or ability

      breastmilk production

      vision problems

      muscle or joint pain

      dry or discolored skin

      difficulty urinating

      What special precautions should I follow?Return to top
      Before taking risperidone,
      tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to risperidone or any other medications.
      tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: antidepressants; carbamazepine (Tegretol); cimetidine (Tagamet); clozapine (Clozaril); dopamine agonists such as bromocriptine (Parlodel), cabergoline (Dostinex), levodopa (Dopar, Larodopa), pergolide (Permax), and ropinirole (Requip); medications for anxiety, high blood pressure, or seizures; other medications for mental illness; paroxetine (Paxil); phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton); phenytoin (Dilantin); quinidine (Quinaglute, Quinidex); ranitidine (Zantac); rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane); sedatives; sleeping pills; tranquilizers; and valproic acid (Depakote, Depakene). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
      tell your doctor if you use or have ever used street drugs or large amounts of alcohol; if you have ever overused prescription medications; if you have or have ever had Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance); difficulty swallowing; breast cancer; angina (chest pain); irregular heartbeat; high or low blood pressure; heart failure; a heart attack; a stroke; seizures; heart, kidney or liver disease; or if you or anyone in your family has or has ever had diabetes. Also tell your doctor if you have ever had to stop taking a medication for mental illness because of severe side effects.
      tell your doctor if you are pregnant, especially if you are in the last few months of your pregnancy, or if you plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking risperidone, call your doctor. Risperidone may cause problems in newborns following delivery if it is taken during the last months of pregnancy.
      if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking risperidone.
      you should know that risperidone may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you.
      you should know that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this medication. Do not drink alcohol while taking risperidone.
      you should know that you may experience hyperglycemia (increases in your blood sugar) while you are taking this medication, even if you do not already have diabetes. If you have schizophrenia, you are more likely to develop diabetes than people who do not have schizophrenia, and taking risperidone or similar medications may increase this risk. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms while you are taking risperidone: extreme thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger, blurred vision, or weakness. It is very important to call your doctor as soon as you have any of these symptoms, because high blood sugar that is not treated can cause a serious condition called ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis may become life-threatening if it is not treated at an early stage. Symptoms of ketoacidosis include: dry mouth, upset stomach and vomiting, shortness of breath, breath that smells fruity, and decreased consciousness.
      you should know that risperidone may make it harder for your body to cool down when it gets very hot or warm up when it gets very cold. Tell your doctor if you plan to do vigorous exercise or be exposed to extremely high or low temperatures.
      you should know that risperidone may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting when you get up too quickly from a lying position. This is more common when you first start taking risperidone. To avoid this problem, get out of bed slowly, resting your feet on the floor for a few minutes before standing up.
      if you have phenylketonuria (PKU, an inherited condition in which a special diet must be followed to prevent mental retardation), you should know that the orally disintegrating tablets contain phenylalanine.

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a694015.html#side-effects

  26. QUESTION:
    I'm 8 weeks pregnant I have a terrible cold and took children's cold'n cough is that ok?
    Also not at the same time but for fever took children's tylonal one tea spoon is this safe? And yesterday had HORRIBLE heartburn didn't have any tums so took my husbands zantac 150 mg is that ok? I asked my pharmacist he said that was safe it's a regularly prescribed medication for pregnant women .

    • ANSWER:
      a pregnant women hormones can cause her sinuses to swell... i know so many women this haS happened to. its called pregnancy rhinitis. i had it too. you can take ADULT rubotussin while pregnant but lean away from things like mucinex etc im not sure about zantac but im sureits fine just dont do it again without talking toyour doc. u can also call him/her to ask questions even without an appt

  27. QUESTION:
    how bad was your heartburn during pregnancy?
    I am 36 weeks pregnant and I keep getting heartburn at night really bad. So bad that I throw up in my sleep. Last night I did it and I inhaled some of it in my sleep. It was so horrible. I have started sleeping sitting up. I can't stand this it is so scary. I woke up choking. Has this happened to anyone?

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your doctor about it. I know Tums and Zantac are safe but it is best to ask the doctor. Your reflux is extreme and you do not want to aspirate it. Keep crackers near you at all times, stay hydrated, don't let youself get too hungry, and give yourself about 2 hours between food and sleep. You might also want to keep track of the foods that bother you.
      Funny, I suffer from reflux but oddly enough it eased up during pregnancy and came back after.

  28. QUESTION:
    Would taking Tums before eating prevent heartburn?
    I'm 6 months pregnant, and throughout this pregnancy and my last, heartburn was really my only symptom, and a major one at that! In both pregnancies, ice cream has been my most common craving, but it always leads to bad heartburn. I avoid eating it specifically to avoid the heartburn, but I'd really like to treat myself now and then.

    Would taking something like Tums before eating prevent getting it to begin with? Or is it not worth it?

    • ANSWER:
      It might.. a friend of mine does that she says it helps. Tums never helped me when I was pregnant. But zantac did.. took 1 in the morning & 1 at night.

  29. QUESTION:
    Any remedies for getting rid of heartburn?
    31wks 3 days pregnant with baby # 2. I woke up last night with the worst heart burn in my life. I had a drink of milk and that didn't work. I know I can't take Pepto Bismol, do tums work? Does anybody know of a good remedy for really bad heart burn??
    I did not have any spicy foods before bed, i ate ham, mashed potatoes and mixed veggies for dinner. and woke up at 4am with the heartburn.

    • ANSWER:
      Tums will work, but when they neutralize the acid the pancreas senses there is no acid and tells the stomach to make more so you actually take more Tums (ingenious for the company). Zantaz is an OTC medication and has been studied with great safety in pregnancy. Zantac will reduce your heartburn by blocking the stomach's receptors so that when the pancreas tells it to make more it does not hear the message. Call your doctor and ask them for a Zantac prescription

  30. QUESTION:
    I need sleep to maybe get rid of my headache, but I cannot find a comfortable way to lay? what worked for you?
    I also have intense heartburn and back pain.
    Thanks ladies :D I'm going to try to sleep Now, and to the guys who left disgusting or rude answers, no thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Aw, I know that feeling. You can take Tylenol for you headache and then laying on my side in the dark with no noise helped mine go away. Also sometimes you just get then b/c you're so tired during pregnancy so try to get lots of rest. For your heartburn you can take Tums, Zantac, I take Pepcid chewables and it takes the heartburn away instantly. My OB said those are all safe to take. For your back pain you can use ice or a heating pad which ever you prefer. If you choose the heating pad, use it on a low setting and only for about 15 min at a time. Hope this helps and congrats on your little one :)

  31. QUESTION:
    Why is heartburn so horrible during late pregnancy?
    I'm 34 weeks and lately it is so bad that I seem to get it even if I don't eat anything spicy. Tums usually helps instantly but only lasts for about 30 minutes and then it's back again. Sometimes it gets so bad that I could cry.

    Is there something else I could do to help with it? Any home remedies? As far as medicines, the pharmacist said the only thing that is safe to take is Tums.

    • ANSWER:
      I dont know. Mine was so bad I actually was vomiting blood because my esophagus was so raw from throwing up stomach acid. water would give me heartburn, it was horrible. Zantac is safe to take, but no more than 2 of the 150 pills per day. I took one at morning and one at night and that helped quite a bit. After I started with the blood my OBGYN prescribed something that he though would work better, but it made me so drowsy and having another young child at home, I couldn't take it and be able to function the way I needed to.

  32. QUESTION:
    Has anyone else had heartburn throughout your entire pregnancy?
    I already have 2 kids and had heartburn start during 2nd tri-mester but with this pregnancy I have had heartburn even before I took the test to find out if I was pregnant or not. I didn't know if anyone else has had this problem, if so, what does it mean?

    • ANSWER:
      i've never really been one to have heartburn at all--- with my first pregnancy i never once had heartburn and i would eat things that should have set me on fire--- i would load my chinese food down with hot mustard, other foods with hot sauces,etc and never had heartburn

      i'm currently 31 weeks pregnant, and like you i started having heartburn before i even took a test--- i've had such bad heartburn i have to buy a huge bottle of tums once or twice a week, plus i take zantac twice a day to keep it under control.

      i don't know that it has any meaning-- of course there is the old wives tale if you have heartburn the baby will be born with lots of hair-- my son should be born with hair down past his butt!!!

      make sure it is ok with your dr, and get the zantac it has helped me a lot!! the zantac actually shuts down some of the acid producers in your stomach so you won't have heartburn as much or as severe but you will still need your tums when you do get heartburn.

      good luck

  33. QUESTION:
    pregnant ladies whats the best thing to use for heartburn/indigestion?
    Tums and pepto- not cutting it. The heartburn is so bad it's causing me to get sick.
    Whats gavisgone?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are after your first trimester, you can take Zantac 150 mg twice a day. That was all that helped for me this last pregnancy.

  34. QUESTION:
    Anyone ever had throat discomfort during pregnancy?
    Anyone ever feel like they had a blockage in your throat especially after you eat? I am currently 13 weeks pregnant and I don't know how to explain it. It's like the food just sits at the top of your throat causing major discomfort and vomiting. I can't eat anything bc of it and I makes me sick alllll day. Please help!!!!!!!

    Oh it's def NOT heartburn. I have had that plenty of times and I took Zantac just to make sure.

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    what foods gave you heartburn when you were preggo?
    I'm due any day now and i've been putting up with heartburn my whole pregnancy. What foods gave you heartburn the most when you were pregnant? I'm always popping rolaids, tums, or zantac, which barely take it away..For me its, spaghetti sause, pizza sause, anything pretty much with SAUSE! argh! I get it so bad that it makes my stomach hurt..what does it for you?

    • ANSWER:
      Hang in there. It's almost over.

      Unfortunately, I didn't have much heartburn with either of my pregnancies, but when I did, it was usually something tomato based that caused it. Sounds like you're in the same boat. Tomatoes are actually very acidic. Most people don't realize how acidic they are.

      "According to Dr Joshi ripe raw tomatoes are not acidic. Cooked tomatoes (as in pasta sauce, tomato soup, pizza topping) is highly acidic to your system..."

  36. QUESTION:
    How have you treated heartburn while pregnant?
    I've read all the suggestions from "official" sources, talked to my midwife and all that.. what I want to know is... what worked for other people on these boards to help with their heartburn during pregnancy? Seems to be a neverending thing for me right now. I'm at 28 weeks and am really not looking forward to another few months of this
    Tums are so gross... and never worked for me before I was pregnant so probably won't work now. Zantac however.... I may need to ask my midwife about that one...

    • ANSWER:
      Tums and Zantac both worked miracles for me while I was pregnant.

  37. QUESTION:
    Bad morning sickness at 6wks dr won't see me until 11wks?
    I'm 6 weeks pregnant and for the past 4 days have had almost constant morning sickness. My ob/gyn won't see me until I'm nearly 11 weeks pregnant. Should I go to my family doctor to discus it with him or wait it out? Any remedies? So far I've tried ginger ale, sea bands, crackers as soon as I wake up, and Zantac to help with the acid.

    • ANSWER:
      Dear lexi m, First and Foremost Congratulations on your pregnancy and Sorry that you are feeling that horrible Morning sickness. That all said First Even if the Dr. will not see you until you are 11 Weeks He should have the courtesy and thinking off his patient's health and at minimum should give you advice on what to do even though he will not be able to see you until you are 11 weeks. Even the Nurse at his office can give you an advise Truthfully even though it's not an Emergency issue it could be if you became dehydrated that tells me a lot about his heart. This is your Decision so think about it. Now my dear there are few things that you can do to help you with your morning sickness and avoid being dehydrated. putting lemon in water to help with nausea or even to smell fresh lemon for nausea. The water will help make it not so hard on the stomach." freeze Gatorade in ice cube trays. That way if you couldn't keep any food down, you could just suck on those for hydration and to replenish electrolytes.Nothing beats morning sickness like a cup of ginger tea. Use a ginger tea bag, available from health food shops and supermarkets, or add 1 2 teaspoon grated root ginger to 1 cup very hot water, leave to infuse for 5 minutes, strain and sip.Herbal teas made with camomile, lemon balm and peppermint are also known to reduce nausea. Use 1 2 teaspoons of the dried herb per cup of hot water. However, avoid peppermint tea if you have heartburn.Drink flat, room-temperature ginger ale, it settles morning sickness.Don't drink ginger ale with fizz, though; the bubbles promote the production of more stomach acid, which is just what you don't need.Use your fingers to apply pressure to your wrists. Turn your arm over, forearm up. Locate the point about 1 1/2 inches away from the base of your hand, dead Centre between the ligaments. Press this point with your thumb while you count slowly to ten. Repeat three to five times, or until the nausea subsides.Water is the best medicine. Amazing as it seems, women who drink a glass of water every hour have a lot less morning sickness. Also, drink a glass of water every time you get up in the night to go to the toilet. This helps to ensure you start your day feeling as good as you can.Check the water in the toilet before you flush. If you are drinking enough water, your urine should be almost clear. If it's dark, sinks to the bottom or has an extra-strong smell, you need to drink more.If nothing wants to stay down, treat yourself to a frozen-fruit ice block. It helps to replace sugars lost through vomiting, and since an ice block is made with, primarily, frozen water, it also helps to keep you hydrated.Stay Hydrated. This is important all of the time, but it s especially important while your body is busy developing a baby. If you are vomiting, make sure you re drinking enough fluids to make up for the fluids that you are losing. Also, look for signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth and skin, lightheadedness, and muscle cramps.Lemon Candy are one of the best you can always keep with you near you at all time That will help. Good luck best wishes hope you will get well soon and have a healthy Pregnancy and please eat healthy and No STRESS.

  38. QUESTION:
    What exactly does indigestion feel like?
    I'm pregnant and I have this weird feeling in my chest, kind of near the bottom of my throat.
    It doesn't really burn, but it almost makes me feel like I have to throw up. Is this indigestion?
    no rude comments please, thank you:)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you do have some indigestion. I can't remember what the approved medicine is for heartburn and indigestion while being pregnant, but I know there is one. Tums and Rolaids are approved for quick relief and I think Zantac was approved for prevention, but you will have to check with your doctor. I had indigestion and heartburn for the last 3 months of my pregnancy every day..... so I know where you are coming from.

  39. QUESTION:
    how to stop Acid reflux during pregnancy?
    i havent experienced any heartburn but have horrible acid reflux!! it burns so bad on the back of my throat, i've never had it before i was pregnant. is there any ways of reducing the symptoms? i dont want to take medicine or anything so home remedies are a must, any help would be great. oh and i'm 29 weeks pregnant with my first child

    • ANSWER:
      I have acid reflux sometimes too..my sympathies..I know how horrible it can be. My doctor gave me a list of Safe Medications to take during pregnancy: You can take: Tagament, Zantac, Pepcid, Tums, Mylanta, Maalox, Gaviscon and PeptoBismol.

      I was so excited though when I read in my natural remedies book that KIWI FRUIT can help acid reflux. I didn't believe it.... but I ate one and felt a little better. After eating two, the discomfort was gone!!! My book says the fruit has soothing enzymes that help nuetralize the acid. A few weeks ago I tried dried kiwi and it seemed to help as well.. although I bet fresh fruit works better.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is this acid reflux or just a pregnant thing?
    I am 35 weeks pregnant and have experienced some pretty gross stuff these past couple months. When I lie down for bed I throw up and have to run to the bathroom. It feels like really bad heartburn. I have a dr.'s appointment in a couple days but thought I'd get an opinion from one of you before my visit so please don't leave me a message telling me to ask my dr. because I am going to ask him. I'm just curious on whether this has to do with acid reflux or what.

    • ANSWER:
      Acid reflux is when the contents of your stomach is brought up into the esophagus and throat and it can burn. But you say that you actually vomit, which is different than true acid reflux. More contents of the stomach comes up when you vomit that when you have acid reflux. Probably what's happening is that when you lie down, the baby pushes upwards more and your stomach is being pressed on. This may cause nausea or a feeling like you have to throw up because of the pressure. And of course, the stomach contains hydrochloric acid. So any time you vomit, the acid in your stomach gets brought up into your throat and esophagus, causing the burning. It might help to lie on your side if you're lying on your back. On your back is the worse position you could be in. And never eat a heavy meal before going to bed. You want your stomach empty or near empty when you go to bed. That way, if you do feel nauseated, there won't be much to throw up except acid.
      Have some water on hand when this happens and take a few sips, it can wash the acid back down. Your Doctor might put you on an acid-reducer such as zantac. Or if nausea is the reason you're throwing up, he can prescribe something for it or recommend an over the counter drug. Might I suggest Emetrol elixer (over the counter). It's natural simple sugars and phosphoric acid. I think it's safe to take during pregnancy but please ask your Doctor about it. It's very effective. Another thing you could try it to elevate the head of your bed by putting some books under the head of the bed. If the head of your bed it higher, the pressure from the baby won't be so intense and gravity will prevent the acid from being such a problem. I hope all goes well at your Doctor visit and you get a resolution to this! Good luck.

  41. QUESTION:
    I am 5 months pregnant and severe heartburn/ acid reflux?
    I have tried tums, zantac and gaviscon, but to no relief. it is extreemly painful, very hard to sleep, and i am miserable after i eat. does anyone have any advice how to ditch the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, over the counter prilosec should do the trick, only one tablet every 24 hours, prilosec is a proton pump inhibitor and works differently from the others you mentioned, it may take a couple days but it will work,(this is assuming it an acid condition)
      it is also imperitive that you let your OB know of this condition
      prilosec is safe during pregnancy

  42. QUESTION:
    How soon can you experience heartburn in pregnancy?

    Just asking because DH and I are TTC and I have had heartburn for the past two days and I never get heartburn, I didnt even know what it felt like till I explained to my dad the other day (he's a doctor) what I was feeling. I don't want to get my hopes up though so thank you ladies for taking the time to read and respond! It is greatly appreaciated! Take care!
    Just asking because DH and I are TTC and I have had heartburn for the past two days and I never get heartburn, I didnt even know what it felt like till I explained to my dad the other day (he's a doctor) what I was feeling. I don't want to get my hopes up though so thank you ladies for taking the time to read and respond! It is greatly appreaciated! Take care!

    • ANSWER:
      I did from the beginning. I took, with doctor's blessing, over the counter Zantac, and it worked wonders. I had heartburn until about my 8th month. All my kids were born with a head full of hair which is what the old folks say causes the heartburn..*grin*...Good luck.. I'm a mom to 3 children.

  43. QUESTION:
    what were your best and worst parts of pregnancy?
    from morning sickness to giving birth what was the worst part? the labour, the morning sickness?

    • ANSWER:
      Morning sickness was awful the first time around and the second it was "all-day" neasea, but the heartburn during the second was the worst. I could not get rid of it, no matter what position I layed in, what I drank, ate.....Zantac 150 helped a little bit oh man was I glad when THAT was done with! Labor, with both was tough, but giving birth; I hardly remember it. I just know she said push, don't push, push, breathe, push and there he was......I honestly don't think any of it was worse then the other but it I had to choose, I'd say the back pain in the last trimester. Ugh. There's no position, pant, wrap, strap, belt, or harness that can help. The only thing that kept me going was knowing that all the discomforts had an "end date".

  44. QUESTION:
    did u have to take heartburn meds while preggers?
    the dr says its ok to take pepcid and tums, which i have to take everyday or i will not be able to keep my food down. i just wanted to know if any oof u took it for your pregnancy and did the baby come out ok? i feel bad for having to take it, but i really have no option. thanx!

    • ANSWER:
      With my first son my heartburn was so bad towards the end that my doctor had me take zantac (over the counter) it worked very well and my baby was perfectly healthy. Good luck

  45. QUESTION:
    is it normal to get heartburn when your 11 weeks pregnant?
    ok im 11 weeks pregnant today and with the last 3 to 4 days i have had heartburn bad i always taught you would.ent get heartburn till 15 or 16 weeks when pregnant so im wondering is it normal to get is at 11 weeks aswell thanks 4 all the answers

    • ANSWER:
      Gurl, I have had heartburn for the last THREE pregnancies! ( I am currently 20 weeks into the third one) I take at least 2 Zantac a day.. Mine also starts early in the pregnancy. At one time I got my doctor to give me some perscription reflux / heartburn medicine but she really didn't like the ingredients and told me to just stick with the Zantac. I take the 150 cool mint kind and it works. The ol' wives tell is that heartburn will mean that the child will have a head full of hair - that is neither here nor there but that is what I heard. Heartburn is basically okay bc it is just the baby pushing everything around.

  46. QUESTION:
    What to expect from weeks 35-to labor?
    I will be 35 weeks this Thursday, and I have been noticing a lot of pressure on my lower stomach and I notice it is getting harder to move around. I still have a lot to do before I am actually ready for the baby to come.

    So, I am just wondering how do you feel during those weeks?

    How did you deal with not being able to move around as easily? I AM talk it easy, but I still need to do a few things before she comes!

    What else should I expect to come within the next few weeks?

    • ANSWER:
      Everything listed already is what ive had.. my first pregnancy I did have pressure but nothing too horrible and that was it.. This time around.. It's all bombarded me at once from the time I was 30 weeks when I went into preterm labor until now--37 weeks. instead of telling you what to expect I'll tell you how to relieve some of it..

      I've found that zantac, crackers and water help with the heartburn. Try not to eat anything rich after 7 pm.. this really helps too.The trips to the bathroom every 30 min in the night, nothing to help that except lean forward a little while going to be sure to "get it all out" is what the dr told me. heating pads for back pain..I prefer the thermacare ones you dont plug in haha. and as for the pressure.. Go to a maternity store and buy a belly band. They are called all kinds of different things but ask the store clerk and they'll know. This kind of holds your stomach up so when you're standing or walking, the weight doesnt increase the pressure. It feels a lot better but doesnt completely solve the problem. pelvic pressure, sleep with a pillow between your legs. anything else you need help with just let me know

  47. QUESTION:
    im 29 weeks pregnant and i have the worst heartburn, what to do i tried everything, i have pepsid ac maximum?
    streght, are this pills ok for th baby? i have to wait until tomorrow to call the doc, but i can not wait i need some relif today.

    • ANSWER:
      Zantac is fine to take during pregnancy. It has REALLY helped me a lot. I wish I would have known about it for my first two pregnancies. If you don't have anything on hand right now and you want to wait til you call the doctor, milk is a good way to relieve heartburn. Also, try sitting upright, especially after you've eaten. And try not to eat anything right before you go to bed. Good luck.

  48. QUESTION:
    Pregnant and having the worst heartburn ever please help?
    I've tryed milk yogurt and tums wat else can I do here im feeling like a dragon and the pain is crazy

    • ANSWER:
      Zantac 150. Its perfectly safe during pregnancy and it will help you 100%. it SAVED me last pregnancy and this pregnancy its saving me again. If anyone tells you its unsafe to take TRUST ME its fine, but ask your doctor JUST IN CASE since you might be on other meds that dont mix with it? it will be a lifesaver for u!

  49. QUESTION:
    need help getting rid of heartburn so i can sleep!!! also pregnant?
    I'm in the first 3 months of pregnancy and tonight the heartburn is killing me and rolaids are not working!!!!!! I'm so tired any ideas to help get rid of this so i can sleep?!!

    • ANSWER:
      try tums, maalox, mylanta and if all else fails ask your doctor about medication. i was told that I can take zantac also.

  50. QUESTION:
    baking soda and water for heartburn during pregnancy?
    Is it safe?

    • ANSWER:
      Just take zantac.

      Obv water is safe.

      BUT, here is what I just found from googling "baking soda and water for heartburn in pregnancy"

      "Also steer clear of sodium bicarbonate (BAKING SODA), which is sold as an antacid in tablet form, and sodium citrate. Both are high in sodium, which causes water retention. And if you're far enough along in your pregnancy to have gone into a panic trying to remove rings from your swollen fingers or looked down in horror at a pair of puffy ankles, you'll understand why that's the last thing you want right now." http://www.babycenter.com/404_which-heartburn-medicines-are-safe-during-pregnancy_1440876.bc


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