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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.