These are the commonly prescribed treatments or remedies for acid reflux disease

This page has the common remedies for acid reflux. If you've been dealing with reflux for any length of time, you've already heard most of this.

Much of it is the commonly accepted advice given by the medical community. Very little of it worked for me!


Self-Remedies

This is where most people begin when looking for remedies for acid reflux. Usually this means the use of antacids. We all know what they are and there is a page dedicated to them on this site.

They can be effective for mild reflux but really are just putting a band-aid on the problem and don't address the root causes. However, many people use antacids for years to cope with disease.

Going to a Doctor

If the antacids don't do the trick or the problems get too bad, this is usually the next stop most people make when looking for remedies for acid reflux. I recommend that you see a doctor and get professional medical advice, then make your own mind up.

Usually you will be given a prescription for acid blocking drugs to try. If they give you problems, which they do for many people, go back and they will keep giving you different ones to find the right one for you.

Along with the pills, this is the advice you will be given. This same general advice seems to be agreed upon as treatments or remedies for acid reflux by most authorities.

Avoid these things:

  • Coffee and Tea
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus Fruits and Juices
  • Tomatoes and tomato based sauces
  • Spicy Foods
  • Fried Foods
  • Fatty Foods
  • Mustard
  • Vinegar
  • Carbonated Beverages
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Any foods that cause you distress
  • Mint Products
  • Don't overeat

In addition to avoiding these things, here are some more recommendations:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Don't eat close to bedtime
  • Don't eat big meals
  • Sleep with your head propped up on pillows or raise the head of your bed 6 inches.(sorry, I always have to laugh at that one)
  • Wear loose clothing;avoid tightness around the waist
  • Bend at the knees instead of the waist
  • Try chewing gum

Look, much of that is just good common sense; if you're having digestive problems, don't over eat, tight clothing increases the pressure and don't bend over.

Lifestyle Changes

What the experts and even the drug companies are saying is "Make lifestyle changes". What these changes are and how to make them is left up to you, but changing your diet is definately a part of it.

Surgery

This treatment for acid reflux disease or GERD is only recommended in severe cases or when acid blocking drugs don't work or cause side effects and can't be taken.

The operation is called a fundoplication and can now be done laproscopically (minimally invasive surgery, like without having to open you up).

Basically, the uppermost part of the stomach is wrapped around the esophagus. I've had people I know talk about getting this done so they can eat what they want again.

Everyone must make their own decisions but to me this is completely insane thinking. If you go back to eating the same diet that gave you the problem, what do you think will happen?

Surgery is permanent and irreversible, once its done there is no going back. Add to that the serious problems that can happen when any surgery is done and my advice is; please think long and hard on this before you make a decision like this.

By far the most common ways people treat acid reflux is with antacids or now OTC drugs or by being put on prescription meds from a doctor.

If you've had these problems for awhile you've heard most of the above already. Follow this link if you're ready to help yourself. Leave the remedies for acid reflux page.