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Apr 05

How is GERD Treated?

If you have had symptoms of GERD and have been using antacids or other over-the-counter reflux medications for more than 2 weeks. Your health care provider may refer you to a gastroenterologist, a doctor who treats diseases of the stomach and intestines.

Depending on the severity of your GERD, treatment may involve one or more of the following lifestyle changes, medications, or surgery.

Lifestyle Changes

  • Avoid foods and beverages that worsen symptoms.
  • Lose weight if needed.
  • If you smoke, stop.
  • Eat small, frequent meals.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes.
  • Avoid lying down or bending over for 3 hours after a meal.
  • Raise the head of your bed 6 to 8 inches with blocks under the bedposts at the head of the bed to create a slight angle.

Medications

  • Antacids, Histamine blockers, Proton pump inhibitors,

  • Pro-motility drugs, Foam barriers

Surgery

  • Fundoplication

  • Endoscopic techniques

If you would like more complete GERD assessment, then please click on the link below.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease - GERD Assessment

If you would like a comprehensive medical screening, then please click on the link below.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Screening Online

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