Many options exist for the treatment of acid reflux and GERD. Your physician at CHI St. Luke’s Health–The Woodlands Hospital Heartburn & Acid Reflux Institute will work with you to tailor a treatment plan that’s right for you. Many options, including lifestyle modification, medication, and surgery, are available to alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux.
Some basic lifestyle changes can greatly reduce the amount of discomfort you experience from GERD and acid reflux. These include:
A number of prescription and over-the-counter medications can relieve symptoms for those with moderate to severe acid reflux. Some of these medications work to neutralize existing stomach acid, while others decrease the production of stomach acid. Most patients’ symptoms can be successfully managed with medication, but they require continued use for alleviation of symptoms.
Some types of medication to treat heartburn and GERD are:
Over-the-counter medications for acid reflux are designed for short-term use (no longer than two weeks) for occasional acid reflux symptoms. If your symptoms persist longer than two weeks, consult one of our acid reflux specialists for additional treatment options.
Prescription strength H2 Blockers and PPIs are frequently prescribed and effectively treat the symptoms of acid reflux and GERD. However, they do not treat the cause. Additionally, new data about the long-term use of PPIs has raised concerns. Speak to a specialist at our Heartburn & Acid Reflux Institute if you are using one of these medications for longer than three months.
About 90 percent of people with acid reflux successfully manage their symptoms with medication. However, these medications don’t treat the cause of acid reflux and don’t work for every patient. For moderate to severe acid reflux, surgical options may be considered if: