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How can I prevent gastroesophageal reflux disease from heartburn?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Weight loss, diet

If your are overweight, losing weight can help.
You should avoid late meals, large meals, fatty meals, peppermint, caffeine, nicotine, chocolate, spicy foods, tomato sauce and any other foods you find cause heartburn. Taking a daily acid medications such as ranitidine or Prilosec otc can be helpful if the above does not help.

In brief: Weight loss, diet

If your are overweight, losing weight can help.
You should avoid late meals, large meals, fatty meals, peppermint, caffeine, nicotine, chocolate, spicy foods, tomato sauce and any other foods you find cause heartburn. Taking a daily acid medications such as ranitidine or Prilosec otc can be helpful if the above does not help.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Dr. Sidney Vinson
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not all GERD = burn

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) involves movement of stomach contents back into your esophagus.
Gerd can be "silent" in a substantial # of patients, manifesting with ear/nose/throat & lung problems without heartburn. Heartburn is the common presentation of burning discomfort in your chest with exposure of the esophagus to stomach contents. See earlier healthtap answers for gerd prevention.

In brief: Not all GERD = burn

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) involves movement of stomach contents back into your esophagus.
Gerd can be "silent" in a substantial # of patients, manifesting with ear/nose/throat & lung problems without heartburn. Heartburn is the common presentation of burning discomfort in your chest with exposure of the esophagus to stomach contents. See earlier healthtap answers for gerd prevention.
Dr. Charles Cattano
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