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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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How to treat acid reflux?

I have a history of acid reflux and have been taking PPI medication (Prilosec) for some time. I have experienced bouts of reflux, causing coughing and reflux to my mouth. This usually happens early in the morning when my stomach would expect to be empty. I have made a pact with myself to get off the medication and began a program to help myself heal. Would raising the head of my bed a few inches help with my goal? What kind of fat would be best for my health.I am now using olive oil and avoiding fried food do you have any guide lines that will help?
Mon, 1 Jun 2015
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Pain Medicine & Palliative Care Specialist 's  Response
Thanks for using HCM.
Lifestyle changes are very important for treating acid reflux.
Yes raising the head end of the bed by a few inches would definitely improve the symptoms.
The other measures that are to be taken are-
Avoid coffee, citrus, chocolates, smoking, alcohol, fatty food
Eat smaller meals.
Go to bed at least 2-3 hours after food.

I hope that answers your query.
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