Acid Reflux Disease (GERD) (cont.)
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What Nonprescription (Over-The-Counter, OTC ) Medications Treat Acid Reflux?
Over-the-counter medications also may help relieve your symptoms. Check with your health-care professional before trying any of these.
Antacids (Gaviscon, Maalox, Mylanta, and Tums): These are effective when taken 1 hour after meals and at bedtime because they neutralize acid already present.
Histamine-2 receptor blockers (H2-blockers) prevent acid production.
If self-care and treatment with nonprescription medication does not work, your health-care professional likely will prescribe one of a class of stronger antacids. This therapy may be needed only for a short time or over a longer period while you make gradual changes in your lifestyle.
P John Simic, MD
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