Esophagitis - Topic Overview
How is it treated? continued...
If lifestyle changes alone aren't enough to help your
esophagitis, your doctor may suggest you try medicines that reduce stomach
acid. Reducing the reflux gives the esophagus a chance to heal.
Over-the-counter medicines include:
- Antacids, such as Tums, Maalox, or
- Stronger acid reducers, such as famotidine (for example, Pepcid),
ranitidine (for example, Zantac), or omeprazole (for example, Prilosec).
If esophagitis is caused by an infection, you may need to
take antibiotics or other medicines to treat the infection.
If you or your child has esophagitis caused by a food allergy, your doctor
may prescribe corticosteroids.
might need surgery if you have a tear in your esophagus or if something is
blocking your esophagus, such as a tumor.