Treatments

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is a common condition, which is also referred to as gastroesophageal reflux, or heartburn, and happens when stomach acid ends up in your throat area. This can be for a number of reasons including the types of food you are eating or times of day. Answer the questions in our online consultation, available by clicking any of the treatments below, and our prescribers will recommend the best treatment for your condition.

Overview

Acid Reflux, also known as Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) is when stomach acid leaks out of the stomach into the oesophagus (a tube that runs from the mouth to the stomach). This condition can affect people of all ages, occuring in one in five people and is most common in adults aged 40 and over.

Proton pump inhibitors are a class of medication that treat Acid Reflux. They work by suppressing the production of stomach acid, which counteracts the symptoms of acid reflux.

Causes

A hiatal hernia is a common cause of acid reflux and occurs when the upper part of the stomach bulges through the diaphragm. The diaphragm is a large muscle that separates the abdomen and the chest and helps keep the acid in the stomach. Having a hiatal hernia means acid is able to freely move into the oesophagus and cause acid reflux symptoms. Other risk factors of acid reflux include those who are obese, pregrant, smokers or those who suffer from stress/anxiety. Some medication such as ibuprofen and aspirin can also cause acid reflux as a side effect. Eating large meals or eating 3-4 hours before bed is associated with causing acid reflux as there is not enough time for the food to be processed in the stomach before lying down, therefore symptoms of acid reflux will be more likely when lying down.

Symptoms

Common Symptoms of Acid Reflux:

  • An unpleasant, sour taste in the mouth, caused by stomach acid.
  • Heartburn - a burning sensation in the chest, usually worse when bending or lying down, or after meals.
  • Difficulty swallowing

FAQ

How can I avoid Acid Reflux?

Some people suffer from long-term acid reflux. The chance of symptoms occurring can be reduced by having smaller meals more often rather than having large meals less frequently. Raising the head of your bed, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding dietary triggers will also reduce the chance of symptoms occurring.

What are the Treatments for Acid Reflux?

There is no cure for acid reflux, however eating smaller portions more often, prescription medication and over the counter medication can treat the symptoms of acid reflux.

  • What are the Treatments for Acid Reflux?

    There is no cure for acid reflux, however eating smaller portions more often, prescription medication and over the counter medication can treat the symptoms of acid reflux.

  • How can I avoid Acid Reflux?

    Some people suffer from long-term acid reflux. The chance of symptoms occurring can be reduced by having smaller meals more often rather than having large meals less frequently. Raising the head of your bed, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding dietary triggers will also reduce the chance of symptoms occurring.

     

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