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Medication for Acid Reflux

Aug 17, 2007
If you suffer form heartburn, or acid reflux, then you'll know that you need medication to prevent an attack. By visiting your local drugstore you should be able to find many acid medication reflux treatments to prevent your reflux.

There are different forms of medication that can be taken for heartburn and acid reflux. Each one will react in a different way. Their effect on acid reflux varies for each person, but with all these forms of acid medication reflux relief is the still might not be at hand for you. Especially if you suffer from serious acid reflux.

Mild forms of acid reflux can be treated with antacids. There are stronger forms of antacids like Mylanta II, Maalox II and Riopan. The liquid forms of antacid are more preferred by a greater number of people than the tablet variety. Whatever type of antacid that you take, they need to be swallowed 30 to 60 minutes after your meals and before going to bed.

Many doctors advise against eating certain types of foods. These foods have chemicals that can trigger acid reflux. Thus avoiding foods like chocolate and peppermints as well as tomatoes and products that are made from tomatoes can lessen the chance of stomach acid refluxing into the esophagus and causing heartburn and acid reflux.

There is a number of stomach acid medication reflux reducing drugs on the market these days. These acid reducers are called histamine receptor blockers. Proton-Pump Inhibitors or PPIs are found to be just as effective at inhibiting the acid production within your stomach and prevent excess stomach acids from refluxing into the esophagus. Drugs like Prokinetic or Motility have the ability to close the lower esophageal sphincter muscle more tightly. The use of additional drug therapy, like Omepraxole or Lansoprazole can heal esophageal inflammation very quickly. These drugs are a valuable aid in acid medication reflux.

Surgery is considered only if the symptoms of acid reflux don't respond to other acid medication reflux treatments. About less than 25% of people who have acid reflux requires surgery. During this minimally invasive reflux procedure which is carried out through the belly button, specialists use pencil-thin cameras to see a detailed picture inside of the body.

From there they insert other tiny instruments through small incisions into the body to surgically correct the acid reflux disorder. Thus a newer and more efficient esophageal valve is created by wrapping the stomach pleat around the esophagus. This surgical procedure is called Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication.

Not everyone needs it, but if your acid reflux, or heartburn won't respond to acid medication reflux treatments, then you might need to consider this as an option.
About the Author
Bob Bastian is webmaster of Cure-Heartburn.com. He recently published The Heartburn Cure, a comprehensive guide about how to safely cure your heartburn without expensive medications, risky surgeries, or giving up your favorite foods.
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