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What over-the-counter medicines are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

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Your doctor may suggest you treat your GERD symptoms with over-the-counter medicines like:

  • Antacids, which neutralize acid in your stomach
  • H2 blockers, which keep your body from making as much acid
  • Proton-pump inhibitors, which can reduce the amount of acid your body makes

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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