Treatment Options for Acid Reflux Disease
When you have heartburn, there are many acid reflux treatments you can get over the counter (without a doctor's prescription). And while some of these may give you temporary heartburn relief, they may not always be the best option for you. If you're taking antacids more than twice a week, it could mean that the problem isn't just heartburn. It may be a more serious condition—acid reflux disease. If you think you may have acid reflux disease, talk to your doctor about the best acid reflux treatment option for you.
Three types of treatments include
Antacids work by neutralizing stomach acid. They can provide fast relief from occasional heartburn, but the relief is usually short-term.
H2 blockers reduce acid production in the stomach by blocking a signal that leads to acid secretion. They can help heal possible damage to the esophagus that may be caused by acid reflux disease.
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)
Proton pump inhibitors—like Nexium—are an effective treatment for acid reflux disease. They work by turning off some of the "acid pumps" in the stomach's acid-producing cells. Most PPIs are available only with a doctor's prescription. PPIs can provide heartburn relief and heal possible damage to the esophagus that may be caused over time by acid reflux disease.
Ask your doctor which acid reflux treatment option is best for you.
Interactive Doctor Discussion Guide
Not quite sure how to talk to your doctor about your symptoms?
Use this interactive guide to help you answer a few quick questions. Then take the information with you to your next appointment.