Gastrointestinal disorders

GERD

(Acid reflux disease)

  • Also known as
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease

About GERD

Your esophagus is the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) happens when a muscle at the end of your esophagus does not close properly. This allows stomach contents to leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus and irritate it.

You may feel a burning in the chest or throat called heartburn. Sometimes, you can taste stomach fluid in the back of the mouth. If you have these symptoms more than twice a week, you may have GERD. You can also have GERD without having heartburn. Your symptoms could include a dry cough, asthma symptoms, or trouble swallowing.

Anyone, including infants and children, can have GERD. If not treated, it can lead to more serious health problems. In some cases, you might need medicines or surgery. However, many people can improve their symptoms by

  • Avoiding alcohol and spicy, fatty or acidic foods that trigger heartburn
  • Eating smaller meals
  • Not eating close to bedtime
  • Losing weight if needed
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothes

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Symptoms of GERD
  • Burning in the chest or throat
  • Taste of stomach fluid in the back of your mouth
  • Dry cough
  • Asthma symptoms
  • Trouble swallowing

Top Medications for GERD according to our users

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All Medications for GERD

  • Anti-nausea > Dopamine receptor antagonist

    • Reglan
      (Metoclopramide)
      Prescription only

      Reglan (Metoclopramide) helps get your digestive system moving and lowers nausea and vomiting. Using it a long time can come with serious, potentially permanent side effects.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Dissolving tablet
      • Liquid

Medication side effects for GERD

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for diarrhea.

  • Pepcid: 2%
  • Omeprazole: 9%
0 of 100

At this end, no one is expected to have diarrhea

100 of 100

At this end, almost everyone is expected to have diarrhea

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for GERD

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • If taking a PPI,have your me draw a b12 level every 2 years
  • Reduce caffeine intake,and spicy food
  • Avoid late meals after 6pm
  • Reduce or 86 vaping. It triggers my symptoms. Vaping and drinking alcohol in the same day/hour/simultaneously.
  • I found out what my triggers were and eliminated them. Yes, it was difficult since I found that the number one cause of GERD for me was chocolate! It was very difficult to give it up but once I did and I no longer had GERD symptoms, I was able to wean myself off the PPIs. I have felt so much better since getting off these medications.
  • Only use these medications short term. Just a month or so until you get your diet under control. Your stomach is supposed to create acid to digest food. Stopping it from doing so only creates other problems. Use this medication until you determine the food/activities that create the problem and eliminate them. Do research and test yourself and then get off these medications as soon as possible.
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • You also for severe episodes,take mylanta.
  • Take med religiously,
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Elevating head of my bed with blockd
  • Keeping head elevated
  • do not overeat
  • Diet
  • Don't eat close to bedtime