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A 26-year-old male asked:

how can u get rid of acid reflux? i have it really bad. i also have anxiety/panic attacks. help!

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Calm down!: Gerd is common--present in about 70 million americans. As such, there are easy solutions if you have just symptoms. If however you have inflammation due to gerd, this can be progressive & needs to be controlled. Start with behavior & diet changes (see prior healthtap answers), add acid-blocker medications (either h2-blockers or ppi's). Get evaluated, especially if atypical, chronic &/or worsening.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Acid reflux: Gerd management starts with life style changes, such as: raising the head of the bed 30 degrees when sleep & also sleeping on left side, consume smaller meals & avoid eating before bedtime, lose weight & avoid wearing tight clothing, avoid acidic fruits & juices & fatty meals & caffeine & onions & peppermint & chocolate, nicotine & alcohol, medications such as proton pump inhibitors, gaviscon.

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