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It is not that an ULCER of the stomach CAUSES heartburn or reflux BUT rather that the same factors of irritation may CAUSE BOTH !
So to help with ulcer or with heartburn/reflux >> avoid GI irritants such as Alcoholic drinks, coffee, hot spicy or acidic foods, (tomato based products, peppers, citrus fruits, onions) or anti-inflammatory meds such as aspirin, Advil or Aleve (acetaminophen is OK)
TO help reduce heartburn>> reflux precautions also help >> 1) Wait 1 and 1/2 hour after you eat before you lie down
2) You may benefit to raise the head of bed on blocks 4 to 6 inches ( this helps to keep the upper body at a bit of incline in any sleep position)
Medicines to reduce your stomach acid may help BOTH an ulcer and may help heartburn/reflux ... (Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium, Zantac, others as may be prescribed by your doctor)
So the ulcers and heartburn are related YES but the first does not cause the second per se...
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Anthony Bray MD