Why Do Antibiotics Cause Heartburn?

Why Do Antibiotics Cause Heartburn?

If you take an antibiotic and start having heartburn issues, you aren’t alone. It’s common for people to have this problem. Antibiotics kill off the good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Bacteria we need to aid the digestion process. When it’s missing, we can suffer from digestive issues like heartburn and indigestion.

I’ve recently endured a greater frequency of heartburn, acid reflux, and esophageal spasms because of taking Bactrim. It’s been months since I’ve had esophageal spasms. They had stopped after having my esophagus dilated. It was disappointing to deal with the pain of an esophageal spasm again. I find them unbearable. I had to adjust my diet and go back on the three levels of over the counter heartburn medications (antacids, H2 blockers, and PPI’s) until I was off antibiotics and could build up the beneficial bacteria in my digestive tract.

If you have gotten away from taking daily antacids, H2 blockers, and PPI’s like me, you may have to temporarily look at using them again until you can complete your round of antibiotics and build up your good intestinal bacteria again. Carefully watching your diet, when you eat, and your sleeping habits will also help. Remember sleeping on your left side and elevating the head of your bed helps. Lying on your left side causes your stomach to hang lower preventing stomach contents from placing as much pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter thus helping avoid acid reflux. I’ve used this technique for years with great results. 




 

5 Things to Remember When Taking Antibiotics:

  1. Don’t take them unless they are really needed. To many people abuse the use of antibiotics.
  2. They will likely cause heartburn.
  3. Taking them with food may reduce stomach irritation.
  4. They kill off needed healthy bacteria in the digestive system.
  5. Rebuilding the healthy bacteria in your system after getting off antibiotics is essential to your digestive health.

I counted the days till I was off the antibiotics and could restore my digestive health by reintroducing healthy bacteria to my system. Till that time I was not concerning myself with probiotics. The antibiotics would have killed them off. Restoring digestive health by reintroducing healthy bacteria is the cure to getting over heartburn issues created from taking antibiotics.

If you are having similar heartburn related problems, these previous articles can help with your heartburn issues till you are off the antibiotics.




2 Comments
  1. Carol Ward 4 months ago

    Thank you for the advice on sleeping on the left side . I find first thing when I wake up I feel worse so i shall definitely give that a go.

    • Author
      Steve Hood 3 months ago

      You are welcome, Carol. Thank you for reading. You might also try sleeping on a wedge pillow to reduce pressure on the LES and lower chances of acid reflux. Best!

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