- Limit trigger foods
- Lose weight
- Quit smoking
- Avoid eating less than three hours before bed
Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medications that reduce the production of acid in your stomach. However, PPIs are not always effective — approximately 30% of people with GERD do not respond to PPIs and continue to experience symptoms.3
Other medications that may help with management of GERD symptoms include:
- Antacids — Over-the-counter medications that neutralize stomach acid, such as Tums™*, Maalox™* or Mylanta™*
- H2 Blockers — Medications that decrease production of acid by blocking the cells that release stomach acid, such as Zantac™*, Pepcid™* or Axid
Even if PPIs or other medications do provide relief, in some patients they only “mask” symptoms — they do not address the underlying cause of symptoms, which can delay the diagnosis of GERD.4
Generally, surgery is only recommended for people whose symptoms are not relieved by medication or lifestyle changes.5
One surgical procedure used to treat GERD is called laparoscopic fundoplication. This minimally invasive procedure reinforces the valve at the base of the esophagus in order to prevent reflux.
If you or a loved one experience symptoms of GERD and would like to learn about treatment options, find a physician and schedule an appointment today.
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