When to Seek Medical Care
Although many people can relieve their reflux disease symptoms by changes in their habits and lifestyle, others need to consult their health care provider.
If you have any of the following, go immediately to the closest emergency department:
Many people can relieve their symptoms by changing their habits and lifestyle. The following steps, if followed, may reduce your reflux significantly.
Nonprescription (over-the-counter) remedies
These also may help relieve your symptoms. Check with your health care provider before trying any of these.
Antacids: These are effective when taken 1 hour after meals and at bedtime because they neutralize acid already present.
Histamine-2 receptor blockers (H2-blockers): These prevent acid production.
The best and safest way to prevent reflux disease from occurring is to change the things that cause reflux.
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