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What medications are used to treat acid reflux disease?

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If antacids don't help, your doctor may try other medications. Some require a prescription. Your doctor may suggest more than one type or suggest you try a combination of medications such as these:

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

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

From: What Is Acid Reflux Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

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 Jaydeep Bhat on February 14, 2019

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 Jaydeep Bhat on February 14, 2019

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