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What can cause acid reflux disease?

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Doctors aren't always sure why you get acid reflux. Some common causes of acid reflux disease include:

  • Stomach abnormalities
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Triggering foods
  • Alcohol
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Eating a heavy meal and lying on your back or bending over
  • Snacking close to bedtime
  • Some medications, including aspirin, ibuprofen, muscle relaxers, and blood pressure medicines

SOURCES: 

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER), and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease." 

Cleveland Clinic: "GERD or Acid Reflux or Heartburn." 

The American College of Gastroenterology: "Heartburn or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Gastroesophageal reflux disease and heartburn."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Heartburn: Hints on Dealing With the Discomfort."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on March 15, 2020

SOURCES: 

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER), and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease." 

Cleveland Clinic: "GERD or Acid Reflux or Heartburn." 

The American College of Gastroenterology: "Heartburn or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Gastroesophageal reflux disease and heartburn."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Heartburn: Hints on Dealing With the Discomfort."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on March 15, 2020

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