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What medicine will your doctor likely recommend for heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

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If you need medicine, your doctor may recommend taking medicine, such as an antacid, H2 blocker, or proton pump inhibitor (PPI). These are available over the counter and by prescription.

From: Complications of Heartburn and GERD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Gastroenterological Association: “Heartburn & GERD.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases: “Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in adults.”

Gaude, G. , July-September, 2009. Annals of Thoracic Medicine

Ranjitkar, S. , December 2012. International Journal of Dentistry

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Esophagitis.”

University of Minnesota Medical Center: “Esophageal ulcer.”

Oral Cancer Foundation: “Esophageal stricture.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

The University of Chicago Medicine: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

American Cancer Society: “Esophagus cancer.”

Pace, F. , June 2008. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Cleveland Clinic: “Gastroesophageal reflux.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 05, 2018

SOURCES:

American Gastroenterological Association: “Heartburn & GERD.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases: “Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in adults.”

Gaude, G. , July-September, 2009. Annals of Thoracic Medicine

Ranjitkar, S. , December 2012. International Journal of Dentistry

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Esophagitis.”

University of Minnesota Medical Center: “Esophageal ulcer.”

Oral Cancer Foundation: “Esophageal stricture.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

The University of Chicago Medicine: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

American Cancer Society: “Esophagus cancer.”

Pace, F. , June 2008. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Cleveland Clinic: “Gastroesophageal reflux.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 05, 2018

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