GERD Treatment Options

Lifestyle Changes

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

  • Eating smaller meals
  • Eating earlier in the day
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Quitting smoking
  • Sleeping with the head of your bed elevated

To learn more about a GERD diet that could alleviate or prevent heartburn symptoms, click here. If these don’t control your acid reflux symptoms and provide heartburn relief, medications can be your next option.

GERD Medications

Medications to manage GERD or acid reflux symptoms 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 symptoms, such as:

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

GERD Procedures

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

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

 

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