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Can GERD be avoided or prevented?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Dr. Charles Cattano
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Perhaps

Avoid being overweight, eating within 3 hours of sleeping, caffeine, nicotine, peppermint, chocolate, alcohol, large fatty meals, tomatoes and tomato sauce and spicy foods may help prevent gerd symptoms.

In brief: Perhaps

Avoid being overweight, eating within 3 hours of sleeping, caffeine, nicotine, peppermint, chocolate, alcohol, large fatty meals, tomatoes and tomato sauce and spicy foods may help prevent gerd symptoms.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Dr. Sidney Vinson
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