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Whats the best way to get rid of acid reflux?

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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
3 doctors agree

In brief: Start with diet

The first thing to do is start with diet modification.
This includes removing caffeeine, nicotine, mints and speriment, tomotato sauce products, chocoloate, alcohol. Try to reduce late night eating, and large heavy meals.

In brief: Start with diet

The first thing to do is start with diet modification.
This includes removing caffeeine, nicotine, mints and speriment, tomotato sauce products, chocoloate, alcohol. Try to reduce late night eating, and large heavy meals.
Dr. David Cooke
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Ken Starnes
General Practice
3 doctors agree

In brief: Many ways to tame

Less acidic foods, and smaller meals can help.
Otc proton pump inhibitors like prilosec, or h2 receptor blockers like Zantac (ranitidine) very often will give relief. Frequent acid reflux (gerd) should be managed by a physician, as it can lead to barrett's esophagus. This condition, where the lining of the lower esophagus changes to stomach-like lining can lead to esophageal cancer.

In brief: Many ways to tame

Less acidic foods, and smaller meals can help.
Otc proton pump inhibitors like prilosec, or h2 receptor blockers like Zantac (ranitidine) very often will give relief. Frequent acid reflux (gerd) should be managed by a physician, as it can lead to barrett's esophagus. This condition, where the lining of the lower esophagus changes to stomach-like lining can lead to esophageal cancer.
Ken Starnes
Ken Starnes
Answer assisted by Ken Starnes, Medical Student
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Dr. Richard Orr
See a GI specialist. Any adult with long-standing reflux should have an upper endoscopy (EGD). The GI doc may be able to prescribe a better anti-reflux program or refer you to a surgeon if appropriate.
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In brief: Start Simple First

Most individuals with reflux > 90% can control it with lifestyle change (lose wt, dietary, avoid nicotine).
Some require medication such as Prilosec or zantac, (ranitidine) now available over the counter after needing a prescription for years. If you have occasional reflux all the methods are reasonable. What not to do is ignore it if it is severe and requiring constant otc medications. This should be seen by md.

In brief: Start Simple First

Most individuals with reflux > 90% can control it with lifestyle change (lose wt, dietary, avoid nicotine).
Some require medication such as Prilosec or zantac, (ranitidine) now available over the counter after needing a prescription for years. If you have occasional reflux all the methods are reasonable. What not to do is ignore it if it is severe and requiring constant otc medications. This should be seen by md.
Dr. Phillip Price
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Dr. Marc Rosenthal
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Diet, meds, surgery

Diet modifications are the best place to start.
If symptoms persist, proton pump inhibitors, like prilosec, are considered the most effective medications to lower acid levels, however they are not "reflux" medications. In other words, they do not prevent stomach contents from coming up, they only make what refluxes up less acidic. Surgery can be performed to stop or minimize reflux all together.

In brief: Diet, meds, surgery

Diet modifications are the best place to start.
If symptoms persist, proton pump inhibitors, like prilosec, are considered the most effective medications to lower acid levels, however they are not "reflux" medications. In other words, they do not prevent stomach contents from coming up, they only make what refluxes up less acidic. Surgery can be performed to stop or minimize reflux all together.
Dr. Marc Rosenthal
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