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Reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the stomach contents (food or liquid) leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus
(the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This action can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn
and other symptoms.
You can make many lifestyle changes to help treat your symptoms. Avoid foods that cause problems for you. Making changes to your routine before you go to sleep may also help.
See Gastroesophageal reflux - discharge for more on managing your symptoms at home.
Avoid drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen
(Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn). Take acetaminophen
(Tylenol) to relieve pain. Take your medicines with plenty of water. When your doctor gives you a new medicine, remember to ask whether it will make your heartburn worse.
You may use over-the-counter antacids after meals and at bedtime, although they do not last very long. Common side effects of antacids include diarrhea
Other over-the-counter and prescription drugs can treat GERD. They work more slowly than antacids but give you longer relief. Your pharmacist, doctor, or nurse can tell you how to take these drugs.
inhibitors (PPIs) decrease the amount of acid produced in your stomach
H2 blockers (antagonists) lower the amount of acid released in the stomach
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