Hiccups; Taking Tylenol with Amoxicillin; Acid Reflux

Q: I have been having really bad hiccups since like January of 2011 and it hurts and (they didn’t start occurring until I visited a high altitude destination. 

A: Hiccups are very difficult to treat, unfortunately.  They are due to a misfiring of the nerve that controls the diaphragm so that the diaphragm  becomes irritated and spasms causing involuntary pressure against the lungs and thus the hiccup. There is no one medication that works well although several medications have been shown to help.  In severe cases of hiccups a surgical “cure” where the nerve to the diaphragm is cut, may stop the hiccups. You need to discuss this with your family care doctor who may want to send you to a specialist.

Q: Can I Take Amoxicillin With Ibuprofen Or Tylenol?

A: Yes.

Q: I’ve been suffering from the acid reflux the past 6 months. I’ve been taking omeprazole 20mg, then lanzoprazole, then others and finally i’m on the list for an operation. While waiting i was told to take pantoprazole 40mg. I was doing that 2 months and now i’m still in pain and that just nothing seems to help anymore. Could you help me and offer some stronger tablets just to not have this terrible pain till I get the operation done?

A: We would love to help you if we can but we can only provide general advice to questions here on our blog. Yours is so specific that we would need you to come to AFC Doctors Express for a medical consultation so that we can give you the treatment and advice you need or you need to go back to your family care doctor or the specialist that you may be seeing and the one who is recommending the surgical procedure.

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