For those who are taking anti acids

Gastrointestinal issues are common in lupus patients, particularly heartburn brought on by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Additionally, peptic ulcers can happen, frequently as a result of using specific drugs, such as steroids and NSAIDs, while treating lupus. Over-the-counter antacids like Rolaids, Maalox, Mylanta, Tums, Pepto-Bismol, or Chooz can be used to treat occasional heartburn or acid reflux. In addition to another GI drug, your doctor might prescribe an antacid as part of your treatment plan. Basic salts (ions) found in antacids react with stomach acid and neutralize it upon contact. Simethicone, another ingredient in some antacids, helps reduce the symptoms of a bloated stomach. Although antacids work well for treating sporadic symptoms, you should attempt to completely eliminate heartburn and acid reflux by eating smaller meals, standing up straight afterward, and consuming less caffeine. See your doctor if you experience persistent heartburn and acid reflux (for example, lasting more than two weeks) as your heartburn symptoms may be a symptom of something more serious. Your doctor might recommend a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), such as Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix, or Aciphex, if you frequently get ulcers, stomach acid, or heartburn. Patients with excess stomach acid, stomach or intestinal ulcers, or heartburn are treated with these drugs.

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