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Old Mar 11th, 2012, 18:52 PM   1
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Choking during sleep due to acid reflux


I've dealt with BAD acid reflux my entire life, and pregnancy has made it so, so, so much worse

Lately, I've been waking up several times throughout the night choking. Out of nowhere, I get the sensation like I'm drowning and I sit up immediately hacking my lungs out. Last night, a gush of stomach acid came spewing out my nose during my coughing attack! I experience moderate-severe burning in my throat about 25% during the day time, despite taking upwards to 6 Tums sometimes and guzzling LOTS of milk. Ugh! I dread about thinking how much WORSE it can get in the next 10 weeks!

Has anyone taken any medication during pregnancy to relieve extreme acid reflux?



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2012, 18:55 PM   2
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This has happened to me a couple times. I'll wake up with my throat full of acid and can't breathe and it's super scary. I've just done Tums myself and have just seemed to get past the heartburn stage...I hope it stops for you soon



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2012, 19:41 PM   3
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I have the same problem! I have found that taking Zantac twice a day around 10Am and 6PM has helped tremendously! It is safe, my Dr. is the one that recommended it. I also try not to eat or drink anything after about 7PM that way my stomach has time to get rid of any food or at least try to. I have found milk actually makes my acid reflux worse! Avoiding anything sweet or sugary also helps... so no more desserts for me!
It's worth it thought to not wake up like that!



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Old Mar 11th, 2012, 19:43 PM   4
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^^ WSS. I too had Zantac prescribed 150mg twice a day - its been a lifesaver for me and totally safe to take. X



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Old Mar 11th, 2012, 19:54 PM   5
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Sweet! I'm going to ask my doctor about getting a prescription during my next appointment



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2012, 20:21 PM   6
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I take Prolasec and tums. Took it last pregnancy. Safe. Sometimes this still doesn't help me. Mine is really bad.



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Old Mar 11th, 2012, 20:28 PM   7
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Zantac! You can buy it at an store! It works and I have stopped throwing up in the middle of the night because of acid.



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2012, 20:54 PM   8
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I have the exact same issue when I drink or eat too close to bed time. I take the generic version of prilosec and then tums when needed throughout the day. I've had reflux since I was a teenager so it still breaks through sometimes since I've been pregnant.



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2012, 22:10 PM   9
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I have this problem and I HATE IT. I have a persistent cough from aspirating acid repeatedly and burning my lungs/throat. I have found that sleeping propped up into an almost sitting position works pretty well to keep me from choking. It's not the most comfortable but it's better than waking up gasping for air with stomach acid in my lungs.



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Old Mar 11th, 2012, 22:28 PM   10
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I've had severe reflux from about 20 weeks. I too sometimes choke and vomit. Only thing that helps is taking Zantac. Mostly fine on taking 300mg but sometimes need an extra one



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