Acid Reflux (GERD)
Acid reflux is when the acid that is normally in your stomach backs up into the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach.
When acid reflux causes bothersome symptoms or damage, we call it "gastroesophageal reflux disease" or "GERD."
Related Symptoms
  • Heartburn, which is a burning feeling in the chest
  • Regurgitation, which is when acid and undigested food flow back into your throat or mouth
Less Common
  • Having a raspy voice or sore throat
  • Stomach or chest pain
  • Unexplained cough
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Nausea or vomiting
Common Treatments
There are a few main types of medicines that can help with the symptoms of acid reflux. The most common are antacids, histamine blockers, and proton pump inhibitors (table 1). All of these medicines work by reducing or blocking stomach acid. But they each do that in a different way.
For mild symptoms, antacids (Tums) can help, but they work only for a short time. Histamine blockers (Zantac) are stronger and last longer than antacids. You can buy antacids and most histamine blockers without a prescription.
For frequent and more severe symptoms, proton pump inhibitors (Prilosec or Nexium) are the most effective medicines. Some of these medicines are sold without a prescription. But there are other versions that your provider can prescribe.
Sometimes, medicines cost less if you get them with a prescription. Other times, non-prescription medicines cost less. If you are worried about cost, ask your pharmacist about ways to pay less for your medicines.
What To Expect
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