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What is the best treatment for esophageal spasm?

Depends. If esophageal spasm is caused by acid reflux then antacids may help. Sometimes calcium channel blockers and nitrates. Botox injections have been used in severe cases. Read more...
No magic bullet! Drugs such as Diltiazem and certain antidepressants (trazadone, imipramine) may help. As a second line nitrates, bethenecol, viagra (sildenafil) and botulism injection may be tried. Some times drinking hot liquids with meals may facilitate esophageal motility and decrease spasm. No magic bullet however. Read more...

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for diffuse esophageal spasm?

Esophageal spasm. The most common cause of esophageal spasm is excess acid from the stomach. Acid can be treated with otc medications like Pepcid (famotidine) or prilosec. In older patients primary esophageal muscle spasms can occur; these can be treated with a medication called a calcium-channel blocker. Read more...
If medications fail. If medications fail, meaning the disease is refractor to maximal medical therapy, then a long esophageal myotomy, or cutting of the esophageal muscles can be performed. This can be performed either thoracoscopically, laparoscopically or a combination of the two. Read more...