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What preventative treatments are there for GERD and heartburn?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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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
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: See below

There are a number of medications used to treat acid reflux.
Non-medical therapies or preventitive therapies include weight loss, avoiding late meals, avoiding trigger foods, avoiding caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.

In brief: See below

There are a number of medications used to treat acid reflux.
Non-medical therapies or preventitive therapies include weight loss, avoiding late meals, avoiding trigger foods, avoiding caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
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