Acid reflux can be managed through lifestyle changes, medications and in more severe cases surgery for long term suffers.

Lifestyle Advice

  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid aggravating foods such as peppermint, tomato, chocolate, spices, hot drinks, coffee
  • Eat slowly and eat smaller meals and avoid lying down after meals
  • Avoid eating before bedtime
  • Reduce stress levels and anxiety
  • Weight loss
  • Stop smoking
  • Raising of the head of the bed
  • Better posture

Medications

Acid reflux tablets and capsules medication options include:

  • Over the counter Antacids e.g. Rennie: is an anti acidity capsule which works by counteracting the acidity in the stomach
  • Alginate-containing antacids e.g. Gaviscon: which is an effective medicine to treat stomach acid, forming a ‘raft’ that floats on the surface of the stomach to reduce the amount of acid and reflux and protect the esophagus
  • Histamine H2 receptor antagonists e.g. Zantac (Ranitidine) stomach acid tablets: which reduce stomach acidity by stopping the action of histamine on cells which usually signal the release of stomach acid
  • Proton-pump inhibitors e.g. Omeprazole, Lansoprazole, Pantoprazole: these heartburn tablets provide the most effective relief by inhibiting the enzyme of the cells in the stomach which usually releases stomach acid

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Dec 21, 2017 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Apr 01, 2021 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm

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