If you have GERD, your Aurora team will work with you to determine the best treatment options for relief.
Dietary and lifestyle recommendations:
- Maintain healthy weight
- Eat smaller more frequent meals
- Avoid lying down after eating
- Avoid fatty foods, alcohol, chocolate, caffeine and peppermint
- Don't smoke
- Elevate your head by six inches with a pillow wedge
Over-the-counter medicines, such as:
- Antacids. These will address symptoms but won't fix any damage stomach acid has caused in the esophagus.
- H-2 receptor blockers. This heartburn medication reduces the amount of acid the body makes. They can help relieve symptoms for longer periods of time.
- Proton-pump inhibitors. These block the acid the body makes, which allows the esophagus to heal.
If OTC medication doesn't work, your doctor may recommend prescription medication:
- Prescription-strength H-2 receptor blockers
- Prescription-strength proton-pump inhibitors
- Prokinetic agents to tighten the muscle between the stomach and esophagus (esophageal sphincter) and help the stomach empty faster
- If medications aren't effective, as a last resort, you may need surgery. Your doctor will discuss your options with you.