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Acid Reflux Over The Counter Solutions - Good or Bad?

Mar 13, 2008
There are several different kinds of acid reflux over the counter remedies that one can use in order to treat this condition. In some cases, many people have found that once they feel an attack occurring as long as they take them as soon as possible, they provide quick relief from the symptoms of acid reflux.

The most common kinds of treatments that can be purchased over the counter for treating this condition are antacids. These work by helping to neutralize the acid in the person's stomach and so will then relieve the pain and discomfort associated with it. There are numerous different makes one can use such as Rolaids, Maalox, Mylanta and Tums.

Although the antacids that we have mentioned above contain different ingredients they still all work in the same way, and that is to neutralize the excess acid in your stomach. If you are thinking about using these medications, it is important that you read the literature provided with them carefully. You should also discuss the matter with your doctor first, just in case they have already prescribed some form of medication to treat the condition and taking the antacids may well compromise their effectiveness.

Most of these kinds of treatments come in either tablet or liquid form and will often need to be used between three or four times each day. In order to get the full benefits from the tablets these should be thoroughly chewed before swallowing.

It is important to remember that some of these contain ingredients that can cause unwanted side effects in some people. Plus it is important that you do not use them for any extended period of time. If you do, however at any stage find yourself suffering from some of their associated side effects, such as vomiting, stomach pains or an upset stomach see your doctor immediately.

As well as antacids, which can help to treat acid reflux there are other over the counter medications which some sufferers prefer to use called H2 blockers. Again, these treatments (Axid, Pepcid, Zantac and Tagamet) contain ingredients that rather than neutralizing the acid work on preventing it being secreted by the stomach. Although these are very effective, they take a little longer to work on actually relieving the symptoms of acid reflux compared to antacids.

But unlike antacids, H2 blockers do relieve the symptoms of acid reflux for much longer. Again as with any over the counter medicine you should be aware that these may cause possible side effects and a person should see their doctor if the effects persist. So if you find yourself suffering from headaches, dizziness, rashes or diarrhoea for any extended period of time then you should see your doctor immediately.

Although the acid reflux over the counter medications that we have discussed in this article have been proved to be effective at relieving the symptoms of this condition, they do not provide you with a cure. The only real way of curing the problem is through making changes to your dietary habits and also discussing the matter with your doctor.
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