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What to do for acid reflex disease?
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Dr. Scott Mitchell
Bariatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Acid Reflux (GERD)
To have occasional acid reflux is ok and modifying your diet and raising the head of your bed up on blocks six-eight inches is a good way to start.
You can use otc meds such as Tums or mylanta however you may suffer from rebound reflux. You can also use h2 blockers such as Zantac ancd Pepcid that are now otc as well and finally proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec and nexium (esomeprazole). See a GI doc!

In brief: Acid Reflux (GERD)
To have occasional acid reflux is ok and modifying your diet and raising the head of your bed up on blocks six-eight inches is a good way to start.
You can use otc meds such as Tums or mylanta however you may suffer from rebound reflux. You can also use h2 blockers such as Zantac ancd Pepcid that are now otc as well and finally proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec and nexium (esomeprazole). See a GI doc!
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Dr. Elizabeth Yen
If you are frequently bothered by heartburn or acid reflux, you should see a specialist. Chronic reflux can cause injury in the esophagus and has been associated with certain types of esophageal cancer. There are many medical options to treat GERD, and sometimes surgery is recommended.
Dr. Douglas Purdy
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Lifestyle changes
First step in treating acid reflux disease is lifestyle and dietary changes.
If over weight, try to lose some. Avoid eating too close to bed time. Elevate head of bed. Avoid tight fitting clothing. Cut down on foods/drinks that aggrevate reflux, such as fatty foods, chocolate, alcohol, coffee and avoid smoking. Chewing gum or sucking lozenges can promote salivation which can help neutralize acid.

In brief: Lifestyle changes
First step in treating acid reflux disease is lifestyle and dietary changes.
If over weight, try to lose some. Avoid eating too close to bed time. Elevate head of bed. Avoid tight fitting clothing. Cut down on foods/drinks that aggrevate reflux, such as fatty foods, chocolate, alcohol, coffee and avoid smoking. Chewing gum or sucking lozenges can promote salivation which can help neutralize acid.
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