Here is some info for you that may help you understand the treatment of GERD when it comes to the medications.
Initial treatments to control heartburn
Over-the-counter treatments that may help control heartburn include:
- Antacids that neutralize stomach acid. Antacids, such as Maalox, Mylanta, Gelusil, Rolaids and Tums, may provide quick relief. But antacids alone won't heal an inflamed esophagus damaged by stomach acid. Overuse of some antacids can cause side effects, such as diarrhea or constipation.
- Medications to reduce acid production. Called H-2-receptor blockers, these medications include Pepcid AC, Axid AR or Zantac 25, Zantac 75, Zantac 150. H-2-receptor blockers don't act as quickly as antacids, but they provide longer relief. Stronger versions of these medications are available in prescription form.
- Medications that block acid production and heal the esophagus. Proton pump inhibitors block acid production and allow time for damaged esophageal tissue to heal. Over-the-counter proton pump inhibitors include Prevacid 24 HR and Prilosec OTC.
Contact your doctor if you need to take these medications two or more times a week or your symptoms are not relieved.
If heartburn persists despite initial approaches, your doctor may recommend prescription-strength medications, such as:
- Prescription-strength H-2-receptor blockers. These include prescription-strength Pepcid, Axid and Zantac.
Prescription-strength proton pump inhibitors. Prescription-strength proton pump inhibitors include Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix, Aciphex and Dexilant. Resource: Mayo Staff
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