Acid reflux is when the acid that is normally in your stomach backs up into the esophagus. Another term for reflux is GERD.
There are a few main types of medicines that can help with the symptoms of acid reflux: antacids, surface acting agents, histamine blockers, and proton pump inhibitors. These medicines work by reducing or blocking stomach acid. But they each do that in a different way.
Antacids and surface acting agents can relieve mild symptoms, but they work only for a short time.
Histamine blockers are stronger and last longer than antacids and surface acting agents. You can buy antacids and most histamine blockers without a prescription.
Proton pump inhibitors are the most effective medicines in treating GERD. Some of these medicines are sold without a prescription. But there are other versions that your doctor can prescribe.
Sometimes acid reflux medicines are less expensive if you get them with a prescription. Other times nonprescription medicines are less expensive. If cost is a concern for you, ask your pharmacist how you might reduce the cost of your medicines.
A doctors consultation will determine your risk for complications. A interview and examination will help us develop and personalize a management plan just for you.
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