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I swallowed a Lariam tablet 36 hours ago and it still feels

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I swallowed a Lariam tablet 36 hours ago and it still feels like it could be stuck in my lower oesophagus. I can Still eat and drink but I get a little sharp pain around the mid sternum when I do. Is this just minor trauma to my oesophagus as the pill went down or is it probably still stuck? this is the fourth tablet I have taken and had no problems with the others
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.

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it sounds like you could be having some excessive acid reflux after taking the lariam.

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if you are able to eat and drink, the pill is not stuck in the esophagus.

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lariam can cause increased anxiety and upset stomach

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and worse stomach acid production as well.

Customer: thank you, XXXXX XXXXX go see dr if it doesnt get better after a certain period of time?
Dr. David :

yes, you should see a doctor if it doesn't get better.

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you can also try over the counter antacids like maalox or mylanta to decrease stomach acid

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that could help

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like rolaids or tums liquid antacids

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also there are histamine blockers like zantac and tagament which can help decrease stomach acid

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and could help acid reflux.

Customer: how long should I wait before seeing the dr?
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I would wait 1-2 weeks and see if it gets better.

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you can try over the counter antacid agents first to see if that helps.

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do you have a GP you have seen before?

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have you tried any over the counter antacid agents?

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you also need to avoid certain foods which worsen stomach acid

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like spicy curry, fried foods, oily foods, acidic juices, black pepper.

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these can worsen irritation of your lower esophagus.

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sodas and carbonated drinks can do this as well.

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does this make sense?

Customer: yes thank you :) I'll try them out first. thank u very much
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