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How to use medication like Maalox

I'm not sure this is a GERD question.  From lung cancer radiation therapy I have problems swallowing and part of it seems like there might be acid reflux.  There is definitely a pain in my esophagus.  My doctor said use Maalox.  Do i take it before or after eating and how will that make it easier to swallow?
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195500 tn?1257431132
I think you're supposed to take Maalox after eating: http://www.medhelp.org/drugs/Maalox-Anti-Gas/show/1204. I'm not sure it will work right away, but I think the goal is after taking it a few times, it starts to reduce the acid buildup, which will then help the swallowing. I had an ulcer and was having the same issue. Took about 3-4 days of consistent use and then I could really tell the difference.

Some of them, like Zantac, you do take beforehand. Just depends on the medication.

poe
168348 tn?1379360675
Also, Maalox should be spaced out accordingly when taking other meds .. check with your pharmacist or Dr. to be certain of the # of hours inbetween taking Maalox and medications .. Maalox can absorb the meds and not let them work effectively.

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