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.
Some of these changes may be difficult for people to make. Talk to your health care provider if you need some tips on losing weight or quitting smoking. Knowing that your heartburn will get better may keep you motivated.
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.
For best results, follow the advice of your health care provider concerning medication and lifestyle.
The best and safest way to prevent reflux disease from occurring is to change the things that cause reflux.
Reflux disease (GERD) is treatable, but relapses are common, especially if you do not change your lifestyle.
Complications of acid reflux can include any of the following. Most of these are rare, but GERD can be the first step toward any of them. The best treatment for any of these is prevention.
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