18 doctors weighed in:
Can over-the-counter antacids reduce symptoms of gerd?
18 doctors weighed in

Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease occur when stomach acid contacts the lower esophagus.
Over the counter antacids will neutralize this acid. Some OTC antacids are combined with medication that decreases the production of acid in the stomach making the combination more effective in reducing reflux symptoms.

In brief: Yes
Symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease occur when stomach acid contacts the lower esophagus.
Over the counter antacids will neutralize this acid. Some OTC antacids are combined with medication that decreases the production of acid in the stomach making the combination more effective in reducing reflux symptoms.
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Tasleyma Sattar
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Over the counter antacids, like zantac, (ranitidine) prevacid, or prilosec, are the same medications that were once prescribed by your doctor to treat the symptoms of gerd.
It is okay to use these medications with occasional heartburn/reflux, however you should see your doctor if your symptoms are persistent or do not respond to the antacids.

In brief: Yes
Over the counter antacids, like zantac, (ranitidine) prevacid, or prilosec, are the same medications that were once prescribed by your doctor to treat the symptoms of gerd.
It is okay to use these medications with occasional heartburn/reflux, however you should see your doctor if your symptoms are persistent or do not respond to the antacids.
Dr. Tasleyma Sattar
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
They can definitely reduce the symptoms, but they are not recommended long term as gerd has several causes, not all of them benign.
If you find that your symptoms are not improving within 1-2 weeks, you need to see your doctor.

In brief: Yes
They can definitely reduce the symptoms, but they are not recommended long term as gerd has several causes, not all of them benign.
If you find that your symptoms are not improving within 1-2 weeks, you need to see your doctor.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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Dr. Scott Maron
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Over the counter antacids can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of gerd.
However-- if you need to take them constantly and long term, you should consult a doctor to make sure you are not missing or masking a more serious problem.

In brief: Yes
Over the counter antacids can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of gerd.
However-- if you need to take them constantly and long term, you should consult a doctor to make sure you are not missing or masking a more serious problem.
Dr. Scott Maron
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Dr. Paul Abramson
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes, But...
Over the counter medications such as h2 blockers (famotidine, cimetidine) and proton pump inhibitors (omeprazole) can reduce symptoms of gerd, but an increasing body of literature documents the potential adverse effects of long-term suppression of stomach acid, such as osteoporosis, aspiration pneumonia, and malabsorption of nutrients.
Consult your doctor.

In brief: Yes, But...
Over the counter medications such as h2 blockers (famotidine, cimetidine) and proton pump inhibitors (omeprazole) can reduce symptoms of gerd, but an increasing body of literature documents the potential adverse effects of long-term suppression of stomach acid, such as osteoporosis, aspiration pneumonia, and malabsorption of nutrients.
Consult your doctor.
Dr. Paul Abramson
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
In brief: Yes, But...
Yes, they can reduce symptoms & are ok for occasional use.
However, i recommend avoiding maalox, mylanta & similar products that contain aluminum due to the potential toxicity of aluminum. Apple cider vinegar is often an effective home remedy for heartburn. Frequent gerd is best dealt with by preventive measures, including avoidance of inciting foods & not lying down until your stomach empties.

In brief: Yes, But...
Yes, they can reduce symptoms & are ok for occasional use.
However, i recommend avoiding maalox, mylanta & similar products that contain aluminum due to the potential toxicity of aluminum. Apple cider vinegar is often an effective home remedy for heartburn. Frequent gerd is best dealt with by preventive measures, including avoidance of inciting foods & not lying down until your stomach empties.
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Perry Sexton
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes, but avoid some
H2 blockers like tagamet and Pepcid (famotidine) work well for mild to moderate cases and work relatively quickly.
Ppis like Prilosec require daily use to prevent serious and recurrent GERD and are not appropriate for quick relief of the isolated GERD event. For quick relief look to tablets or liquids like maalox or mylanta (with ms). Avoid Tums and rolaids, the calcium in these can make GERD worse over time.

In brief: Yes, but avoid some
H2 blockers like tagamet and Pepcid (famotidine) work well for mild to moderate cases and work relatively quickly.
Ppis like Prilosec require daily use to prevent serious and recurrent GERD and are not appropriate for quick relief of the isolated GERD event. For quick relief look to tablets or liquids like maalox or mylanta (with ms). Avoid Tums and rolaids, the calcium in these can make GERD worse over time.
Dr. Perry Sexton
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes, to a point
Otc antacids can control the symptoms of gerd, and they may be the only option for people on certain medications, such as plavix, (clopidogrel) but they certainly are not the most potent option available.

In brief: Yes, to a point
Otc antacids can control the symptoms of gerd, and they may be the only option for people on certain medications, such as plavix, (clopidogrel) but they certainly are not the most potent option available.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Internal Medicine
In brief: Maybe
Tums etc - work - usually partially - usually short lived - i would say - u just overage - a drop of heartburn - your set - but, go out for chinese ? Your dreaming - think Zantac (ranitidine) or Prilosec -.

In brief: Maybe
Tums etc - work - usually partially - usually short lived - i would say - u just overage - a drop of heartburn - your set - but, go out for chinese ? Your dreaming - think Zantac (ranitidine) or Prilosec -.
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
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Dr. Theodore Cole
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
Although these medications can reduce symptoms, they do not treat the cause of the problem. In the long run, they produce significant side effects and can worsen the condition.
As with any symptom, causes must be determined and reversed to have long lasting relief.

In brief: Yes
Although these medications can reduce symptoms, they do not treat the cause of the problem. In the long run, they produce significant side effects and can worsen the condition.
As with any symptom, causes must be determined and reversed to have long lasting relief.
Dr. Theodore Cole
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Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes
Antacids have been used for many years to treat occasional heartburn, also called gerd.
It is important, if the symptoms are frequent, or severe to have a physician evaluate the problem, as it can lead to serious damage to the esophagus if not treated by more aggressive methods.

In brief: Yes
Antacids have been used for many years to treat occasional heartburn, also called gerd.
It is important, if the symptoms are frequent, or severe to have a physician evaluate the problem, as it can lead to serious damage to the esophagus if not treated by more aggressive methods.
Dr. Cynthia Point
Dr. Cynthia Point
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Dr. Shervin Eshaghian
Internal Medicine
In brief: Sometime
Sometimes.

In brief: Sometime
Sometimes.
Dr. Shervin Eshaghian
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