How to Choose the Best Acid Reflux Treatment

Posted on August 29, 2010
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Finding the right acid reflux treatment can be a simple process. You will find that many of the treatments are simple changes to your lifestyle and diet. Sure, sometimes heavier medication is required but, for the most part, people manage to live with acid reflux just fine. How do you find the right treatment for you then? At the first sign of this disorder, you should discuss the symptoms you are having with your doctor. After running some tests your doctor can develop some different solutions for you to try. Here are some of the things you can try.

Taking antihistamines seems to work for some people when dealing with their acid reflux. Those in the H2 category have been found to reduce symptoms of acid reflux. This category of antihistamines helps to reduce the production and secretion of your stomach’s gastric acid, thereby reducing your symptoms. Discussing this option with your doctor is important before experimenting with this treatment method. It is not a good option to self medicate yourself with a little Benadryl and hope it works. Your doctor will probably need to prescribe specific antihistamines that are designed to help you with your symptoms. Sometimes a type of medication called Prokinetic is used for acid reflux. Prokinetics are not designed to effect the amount of stomach acid or bile produced. Instead they strengthen the sphincter at the top of the stomach. In doing this, the sphincter stays closed as it should and you no longer have stomach acid in your esophagus. An added bonus is that your stomach will process food quicker reducing the frequency of your acid reflux attacks, since the stomach will empty out faster. Talk to your doctor about whether or not this particular treatment is right for you. The solution for reducing your attacks in frequency and severity, may be more simple than this.

If over the counter methods don’t work for you, your doctor might suggest something called alginic acid. This is a stronger medication that your doctor will have to write you a prescription for if you want it. You will probably get a complete check-up before your doctor prescribes this. This drug protects your body from the effects of excessive acid by placing a layer of foam over your stomach acid. When your stomach acid is unable to rise due to the intervention of this drug, attacks are prevented. You are better off, however, if you can treat your condition with less severe methods. Sometimes when you use a strong drug to treat a condition, other problems arise.

Working with your doctor is important when choosing a treatment for your acid reflux.

You body chemistry and physique are just as important considerations as your lifestyle, when it comes to treating your acid reflux. You and your doctor will have to work together to figure out both what is causing your acid reflux and how best to keep it under control. It may take some time to find the right treatment, but once the habits are developed you will lead a perfectly normal life. So focus on the outcome and try not to get down!

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