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Is there an alternative that we can use for reflux without having to purchase prescriptions?
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Dr. Gary Gottlieb
Internal Medicine
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In brief: "Life-style changes"
These include eating a low fat, caffeine-free diet, avoiding alcohol, coffee, and aspirin, remaining upright for at least 3 hours after finishing each meal, and elevating the head of the bed on 4- to 6-inch blocks.
Using extra pillows or a short wedge is usually not helpful. If you are overweight, then weight reduction to a normal BMI (20-25) is also helpful.

In brief: "Life-style changes"
These include eating a low fat, caffeine-free diet, avoiding alcohol, coffee, and aspirin, remaining upright for at least 3 hours after finishing each meal, and elevating the head of the bed on 4- to 6-inch blocks.
Using extra pillows or a short wedge is usually not helpful. If you are overweight, then weight reduction to a normal BMI (20-25) is also helpful.
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Dr. Paul Cohen
I agree with the honorable Dr. Rosen. You may want to try steeping some anise seeds or ginger root in some hot water thus making a tea from them...this is a very "anti-reflux" thing to do.
Dr. David Wyatt
Excellent advice Docs! i use the ginger and anise seeds in warm water with my patients too!, along with reducing weight, and smaller meals and avoiding foods that trigger the symptoms.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
In brief: Lifestyle measures.
Yes.
Smaller more frequent meals. Elevate head of bed from the floor. Don't eat within four hours of going to bed. Limit citrus fruits, chocolate, caffeine, tomato products, smoking and peppermint. Lose weight if you're overweight. That being said, there are many over-the-counter medications available now for reflux.

In brief: Lifestyle measures.
Yes.
Smaller more frequent meals. Elevate head of bed from the floor. Don't eat within four hours of going to bed. Limit citrus fruits, chocolate, caffeine, tomato products, smoking and peppermint. Lose weight if you're overweight. That being said, there are many over-the-counter medications available now for reflux.
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