GERD Treatment Options

Lifestyle Changes

A picture of a small plate of fish and vegetables.The best initial approach to treating GERD is lifestyle changes such as:

  • Decreasing meal size
  • Eliminating late eating
  • Weight control
  • Quitting smoking
  • Sleeping with the head of your bed elevated

If these don’t control your symptoms, medications can be your next option.

GERD Medications

Medications for GERD are available over the counter and by prescription. These medications include:

  • Antacids – examples include Alka-Seltzer, Tums, Gaviscon
  • H2 Blockers – examples include Pepcid, Zantac
  • Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) – examples include Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium

A picture of someone mixing an antacid.Your doctor may perform tests to determine the best treatment for your GERD, such as:

  • Upper endoscopy which uses a small scope to examine your esophagus, stomach and small intestine
  • pH study to assess the amount of acid in your esophagus
  • Barium study to assess the anatomy of your esophagus and upper stomach
  • Manometry study to assess the function of your esophagus

GERD Procedures

If you’ve tried lifestyle changes and medications and you’re still having symptoms or if you have concerns about long-term medication use, there are minimally invasive procedures available to help treat GERD.

Click here to learn more about the innovative procedures to treat GERD offered at the Reflux Center at Columbia St. Mary’s.

 

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