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i have a very bitter taste in the back of my throat, which

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i have a very bitter taste in the back of my throat, which also burns a bit..sometimes i spit up blood tinged mucus..i don't have a lot of mucus..i've been taking oemeprazole for several mos. now-1 per day in a.m. i also take 2mg prednisone and 1 200mg
 plaquenil/per day...i take excedrin once a day for headaches, sometimes 1/2 twice a day..never more..any ideas..
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Valarie replied 5 years ago.

Hello. Thank you for coming to JustAnswer with your question, and welcome.

 

Your symptoms suggest that you may have some gastric reflux causing irritation in your esophagus and/or throat. Gastric reflux can also affect the mucous membranes higher in the back of the throat, and the sinuses, which could cause some blood tinged mucous. It can also lead to sinus infections.

 

You may want to ask your doctor about these symptoms. You may need a change in the dosage of the omeprazole, or a change of medication to something stronger.

 

Other things you can do yourself to help with gastric reflux, if this is what is causing your symptoms:

Do not eat for 2 - 3 hours before you go to bed at night.

Avoid foods that can exacerbate your symptoms, such as citrus, tomatos, peppermint and caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, to name a few.

Eat smaller more frequent meals as opposed to 2 or 3 large meals.

Avoid high fat, or fried foods.

 

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
didn't read it yet..
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
is it normal to need more that just one omep. in the morning? i am not overweight, i eat pretty healthy, low acid, lowfat meals...is it because of the excedrin,do you think?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
see above
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
is it normal to need more that just one omep. in the morning? i am not overweight, i eat pretty healthy, low acid, lowfat meals...is it because of the excedrin,do you think?
Expert:  Valarie replied 5 years ago.

Hi, sorry for the delay.

 

Some people do need more omeprazole (or other medication they take for a similar problem), and some people take a combination of different types of medications for reflux.

 

The exedrin does have aspirin in it, which can lead to irritation of the stomach lining; but it doesn't lead to reflux by itself. Acid reflux (or GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease) can be caused several different problems. If the omeprazole is not working (especially if you started taking it due to heartburn), you need to see your doctor. If a change in your medication regimen to control it does not work, you may need some tests done to see what the problem in.

 

Here is a link with more information: GERD

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