Wednesday, July 31, 2013

GERD treatment

Treatments for GERD are available to reduce symptoms of this condition. Making lifestyle changes may reduce the frequency of acid reflux attacks. For the most part, GERD treatment is designed to prevent stomach acids from reacting and dispelling upward into the esophagus.

Certain foods, drinks and medication can cause GERD symptoms. Treatment for GERD is designed to accommodate patients experiencing difficulty handling this condition. Once the GI specialist diagnoses GERD, then treatment options are made available and may respond accordingly in each individual case.  

Taking over-the-counter antacids can calm the stomach to prevent stomach acid from reacting. Another treatment option is to avoid taking medications that may cause symptoms of GERD such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen and naproxen. These medications may cause heartburn, so patients must drink plenty of fluids to reduce this complication. 

Patients may be instructed to avoid eating heavy meals. Furthermore, patients may be advised to avoid eating before bedtimes to prevent heartburn and/or severe acid reflux attacks. 

Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) and H2 blockers, also known as antagonists) may reduce stomach acid. Because the source of GERD relies on gastric acid,  PPI and H2 blockers may provide relief from acid reflux, heartburn and dyspepsia (feeling of fullness in upper stomach or bloating). 

The following GERD treatments are available and may include: 
  • Anti-reflux GERD surgery (i.e. Nissen fundoplication)
  • Proton pump inhibitors and H2 blockers
  • Antacids  
  • Zantac (Ranitidine) 
  • Avoid eating large meals and consuming foods before bedtime
  • Exercise
  • Relaxation methods 
  • GERD diet
  • Avoid medications that cause upset stomach and/or heartburn

Treatment options are available to help GERD patients to stabilize this condition. Alternative treatment may also be available with homeopathic and natural remedies. However, patients must consult their physician before electing to consider these types of treatments.

Source: (Medlineplus)