Treating GERD

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Treatment for heartburn and other signs and symptoms of GERD usually begins with over-the-counter medications that control acid. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the treatment of GERD in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a very common condition. People with GERD often have heartburn, and stomach contents can leak back into your throat. People with GERD may also have nausea and chest or belly pain.

Your doctor will probably want you to take an acid-reducing medicine for one to two months. You can also try these things:

Avoid some foods

Lose weight, if you are overweight

Stop smoking

Eat small frequent meals rather than several large meals daily

Raise the head of your bed with six-inch bed blocks if you have symptoms at night, and

Avoid eating two hours before bedtime if you have symptoms at night

Medicines for GERD have been used safely for many years. But they can put you at risk for certain infections. They may also keep your body from absorbing certain vitamins and minerals like magnesium.

Take the lowest dose of medicine you need to help your heartburn. If your doctor approves, you can also stop taking the medicine from time to time.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.