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Are there prescription medicines to help my acid reflux disease?

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Your doctor may suggest more than one type or suggest you try a combination of medications such as these:

  • Foaming agents (Gaviscon) coat your stomach to prevent reflux.
  • H2 blockers (Pepcid, Tagamet) slow acid production.
  • Proton pump inhibitors (Aciphex, Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix) also lessen the amount of acid your stomach makes.
  • Prokinetics (Reglan, Urecholine) can help strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), empty your stomach faster, and ease acid reflux.

Don't combine more than one type of antacid or other medications without your doctor's guidance.

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."

FDA: "LINX Reflux Management System."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 25, 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."

FDA: "LINX Reflux Management System."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 25, 2020

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