Long term implications of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD); what are the risks involved? - Times of India

Source: The Times of India

Doctors and medical professionals may prescribe certain medications to treat GERD. However, make sure to consult your physician for effective results. Common over-the-counter (OTC) medications include:- Antacids: Antacids help ease mild and occasional symptoms of acid reflux and GERD. These help eliminate the acid in the esophagus and stomach and stop heartburn. - H2 receptor blockers: Those with chronic reflux may be prescribed H2 blockers which work towards blocking acid secretion in the stomach.- Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs): PPIs also lower the amount of acid in the stomach and help ease irritation in the esophagus.

Those who have mild symptoms of GERD can resort to these lifestyle changes that can decrease one's risk of developing severe complications. - Maintain healthy weight - Quit smoking and alcohol consumption- Practice portion control (avoid eating large meals)- Do not lie down immediately after eating a heavy meal- Avoid foods that are processed, fried and oily- Say no to colas and other carbonated beverages, caffeine and citrus fruits