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Are There Available Medicines That Can Treat Gerd
Yes: As dr. Vinson has outlined, there are different types/classes of medications to alleviate the symptoms of gerd by decreasing/eliminating the acid component of the disease. However, the medications do not prevent the refluxing of fluid/material from your stomach. There are lifestyle changes that can decrease the amount and frequency of refluxing, but in general without surgery, there is no "cure". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My throat feels itch and i cough a lot at times and fallows with burps could this be a GERD issue and is it treatable ?
Been treated for GERD medicine didn't help itchythroat for months.I worry too much i read about rrp. It is rare I am worried. Can this be the cause ?
In my experience...: ...Gerd doesn't usually cause itch. Have you looked into allergy treatment? If your throat itches for months, and if the treatment for one possible cause has not helped, then look for another possible cause and treat that. ...Read more
Yes: The other remedies are DGL- Deglycerinized licorice. Chew 1-2 tablets in between meals.Licorice may elevate BP, but not DGL. Pure aloe liquid also can relieve heartburn. Consult an expert in Chinese medicine for details. Long term use of acid reflux medications have a lot of side effects in the form of osteoporosis,inability to absorb calcium,magnesium,Vitamin B12 etc. Susceptibility to TB.etc ...Read more
Prevent/Control GERD: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, zegerid). See a GI doctor if persistent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Options: Treatment options include reducing stress, a variety of dietary changes, some lifestyle changes, a variety of medications, and even endoscopic or surgical procedures. The right choice for a given individual needs a more complete evaluation of disease severity, organ damage, and an assessment of goals of therapy. Best to start with a primary care provider. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Sometimes: GERD can worsen over time. It also can cause something called Barrett's esophagus which can lead to cancer. It is best to treat the GERD or try to get rid of it using diet and behavioral changes that can minimize GERD. Keeping body weight in recommended range, avoiding alcohol and nicotine, eating small meals and not eating before bedtime can all help to minimize GERD ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: You will likely have to take medication for as long as the symptoms are helped by the medication ...Read more
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