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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) FAQs (cont.)

What happens if I stop treatment?

Most cases of gastroesophageal reflux disease get better with lifestyle modifications, antacids, or prescription drugs. However, relapse is common when treatment is stopped.

What will happen if GERD is not stopped?

Serious complications, such as bleeding or difficulty swallowing, can occur, although they are rare. Other possible problems caused by acid back-up include inflammation of the esophagus (esophagitis), throat, voice box, and airways. If left untreated for years, it is possible but not proven that GERD can lead to cancer of the esophagus.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/23/2014
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