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Is it possible to treat GERD at home?

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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. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

There are now multiple and very potent medications available over the counter for acid reflux.
Antacids have always been available and now both h2 blockers such as Zantac (ranitidine) or Pepcid are available. We can also purchase Prevacid and Prilosec over the counter, which are more powerful and longer lasting acid reducing medications.

In brief: Yes

There are now multiple and very potent medications available over the counter for acid reflux.
Antacids have always been available and now both h2 blockers such as Zantac (ranitidine) or Pepcid are available. We can also purchase Prevacid and Prilosec over the counter, which are more powerful and longer lasting acid reducing medications.
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Dr. Howard Hack
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