For most people antacids are both inexpensive and convenient over-the-counter medications for treating acid reflux. If the symptoms are more acute or recur regularly, then H2 blockers or Proton-pump inhibitors may offer a stronger solution. However, it’s best to always speak to a doctor about treating your acid reflux.
Acid reflux is where hydrochloric acid from the stomach flows upwards into the esophagus. Unlike the lining of the stomach, the esophagus has no protection from the acid and a burning sensation often occurs.
Common causes of acid reflux are:
There are many symptoms of acid reflux, including:
There are many different over the counter medications for acid reflux. Here are a few of the most popular:
Antacids work by neutralizing stomach acid and converting it into water and other harmless compounds. They’re normally taken in tablet form (although some come in a liquid) and provide quick relief from the main symptoms of acid reflux.
H2 blockers stop the acid creating cells found in the stomach lining from becoming agitated by histamine. High levels of histamine in the stomach can lead to an over creation of acid but H2 blockers reduce those levels. This can prevent the symptoms of acid reflux from occurring.
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a class of medications that help reduce the levels of acid produced by the cells lining the stomach. As such, they are used to treat conditions like acid reflux as well as ulcers. Proton-pump inhibitors work by ‘inhibiting’ the hydrogen-potassium adenosine triphosphatase enzyme system in the body that creates stomach acid.
How you administer acid reflux medication depends on the type of medicine you’re taking. Here are the details for the three main OTC medications available:
Acid reflux is often caused by the type of food you eat and one of the best ways to stop it recurring is to limit the following foods in your diet:
Other things you can do to help prevent acid reflux are:
With moderate to severe cases of acid reflux, making simple lifestyle and dietary changes may not be enough to curb your symptoms. The good news? Prescription drug Omeprazole has been proven to be incredibly effective treatment, alleviating all symptoms!
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The best part? Omeprazole works the same as brand name acid reflux medications—at a fraction of the cost! It works by reducing stomach acid, effectively preventing recurring episodes of acid reflux. Plus, most adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, can safely take Omeprazole.
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