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Can asthma drugs raise the chances of getting acid reflux?

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Some asthma drugs may raise your chances of getting acid reflux because of the way they affect different muscles in your body. Prednisone and albuterol may affect the muscles that control the opening between your esophagus and your stomach. This may allow acid to leak into your esophagus.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Heartburn," "Antacids and Acid Reducers: OTC Relief for Heartburn and Acid Reflux."

Annals of Thoracic Medicine : "Pulmonary manifestations of gastroesophageal reflux disease."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Asthma and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease."

Cleveland Clinic: "GERD and Asthma."

Gastroenterology & Hepatology : "Is There a Relationship Between GERD and Asthma?"

Mayo Clinic: "Is there a connection between asthma and acid reflux?"

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Heartburn," "Antacids and Acid Reducers: OTC Relief for Heartburn and Acid Reflux."

Annals of Thoracic Medicine : "Pulmonary manifestations of gastroesophageal reflux disease."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Asthma and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease."

Cleveland Clinic: "GERD and Asthma."

Gastroenterology & Hepatology : "Is There a Relationship Between GERD and Asthma?"

Mayo Clinic: "Is there a connection between asthma and acid reflux?"

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 25, 2019

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