What Prescription Medicines Treat Acid Reflux?

Updated Nov,2020
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When seeking medical advice for acid reflux, you’ll likely be prescribed one of a few different medicines which have been found to reduce the effects of acid reflux - histamine-2 (H2) blockers, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Omeprazole, and promotility agents. 

Understanding acid reflux: Symptoms and causes

Acid reflux is the process of stomach acid traveling up through the body and becoming trapped in the esophagus, sometimes causing incredibly uncomfortable side effects, such as sore throats, heartburn and indigestion. It can be caused by a wide range of different issues, from certain foods and drinks, to the position your sitting in while eating.

OTC drugs vs. prescription medication 

What do we mean by prescription medication? Prescription medication is any medication which can only be obtained from a pharmacist once you’ve presented a prescription for the drug given to you by a doctor. Any medication which can be purchased by anyone from a pharmacy is referred to as an over-the-counter (OTC) drug. OTC drugs which may relieve acid reflux include Tums and alka-seltzer. However, these are meant to be used temporarily to relieve symptoms. If you want long-term relieve, speak to a doctor for prescription medications.

Types of prescription medications for acid reflux 

There are a few different medications you may be prescribed by a doctor when seeking treatment for acid reflux. Your doctor will take a few different factors into account when prescribing the best medication for you, but more than likely they’ll prescribe be one of the following.

Histamine-2 blockers (H2)

H2 Blockers work on the cells along the lining of the stomach, reducing the amount of acid that these cells produce. By reducing the amount of acid in your stomach overall, the risk of suffering an acid reflux attack is reduced, too.

Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs)

This medication doesn’t just offer acid relief, it also works to repair the effects of acid reflux on the throat and esophagus. It’s thought to be ‘stronger’ than H2 Blockers. 

Promotility agents 

This medication speeds up the time that it takes for the stomach to empty following digestion, leaving less time for acid reflux to occur in the first place. This medication tends to be used in more continuous, series cases.

Why Omeprazole (Generic Prilosec) is your best treatment option for acid reflux

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!

Take control of your treatment by speaking with one of our online doctors today. They can help you discuss your best course of action, including prescription medication Omeprazole.

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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