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Top Methods of GERD Treatment

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Updated April 20, 2011

There are various options for GERD treatment. Your physician may ask you to try dietary changes and lifestyle modifications first, to see how these methods work in controlling your GERD symptoms. After this, depending on how well these work, you and your physician may discuss other options.

Below are some of the top treatments for GERD.

Dietary Changes

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For many individuals, certain foods cause heartburn. For this reason, many physicians will suggest changes in diet as a first step in their patient's GERD treatment. Use the links below to get started on your dietary changes.

 

 

Lifestyle Modifications

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Antacids

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When used properly, antacids are useful in relieving the occasional heartburn and indigestion. The active ingredient in antacids neutralizes stomach acid, which is what is causing the pain.

H2 Blockers

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H2 blockers, also called H2-receptor antagonists, are medicines that reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces by blocking one important producer of acid: histamine2.

Proton Pump Inhibitors

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Proton pump inhibitors are a group of medications that decreases the amount of acid in the stomach and intestines. They work by completely blocking the production of stomach acid. They do this by inhibiting (shutting down) a system in the stomach known as the proton pump.

Fundoplication Surgery

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Fundoplication is the standard surgical treatment for GERD. The purpose of the surgery is to reduce heartburn caused by acid reflux.

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