Information on Treatments for GERD

Treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), acid reflux, and heartburn often involves a combination of lifestyle changes, dietary modifications, and medication. The goal of treatment is to alleviate symptoms, heal any damage to the esophagus, and prevent complications.

Lifestyle changes may include losing weight, avoiding tight-fitting clothes, elevating the head of the bed, and quitting smoking. Dietary modifications often involve identifying and avoiding trigger foods, eating smaller, more frequent meals, and not lying down immediately after eating. Over-the-counter antacids can provide quick relief from acid reflux and heartburn symptoms, while proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and H2 receptor blockers can help reduce acid production in the stomach. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to reinforce the lower esophageal sphincter and prevent reflux. The following articles provide more detailed information on the various treatment options available for managing GERD, acid reflux, and heartburn, as well as guidance on when to seek professional medical advice.

Core Guides on GERD treatment

Last Updated:

June 2024

Author: Gerrit Sonnabend

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