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Acid Reflux Treatments Reviewed

Monday, February 20, 2017 04:52

 What Treatment Works? What does Not?

 

Consumer Health Reports has reviewed over 100 of the top selling treatments for Acid Reflux conditions and based the products on these important criterias: Effectiveness, Value, Quality, Safety, Reorder Rates, Customer Service

Consumer Health Reports has conducted research on many of the different Acid Reflux treatments online and over-the-counter. Below is an overview based on the results of this research. Of the 100 Acid Reflux treatments, we found only 3 products that are effective and would recommend. We have taken the confusion out of the shopping experience by narrowing your search to the elite products in the industry. Here is our researched list of products:

 

Top 3 Acid Reflux Treatments

 
Mylanta  

Acid reflux is an uncomfortable condition that occurs when your stomach over-produces acid. Some of the excess acid can wash up into your esophagus, causing a burning sensation often known as heartburn. There are several different specific diagnoses associated with acid reflux, including gastroesophageal reflux disease and simple heartburn.

If you experience only occasional acid reflux, an over the counter antacid can help. Mylanta (http://www.mylanta.com/) is an extremely popular choice, as it is a recommended treatment for many of the different causes of acid reflux. The medication is available in a few different formulations.

Aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide and calcium carbonate are the basic active ingredients. Read the label to determine which of these are used in the product you are considering. Some formulations also contain simethicone, which is effective against gas and bloating.

Mylanta is generally safe and effective for most people. However, it may not be appropriate for those with kidney disease or certain other underlying conditions. Additionally, any antacid such as Mylanta can decrease the effectiveness of many prescription medications. Always discuss your medical history and prescription drug use with your doctor before taking Mylanta or any other over the counter medication.

Mylanta should not be considered a long-term substitute for seeing the doctor. If your acid reflux persists for more than two weeks, or if you have additional symptoms such as vomiting, difficulty swallowing or drastic weight loss, it is important to see your doctor right away. He or she will diagnosis the specific cause of your acid reflux symptoms and begin a treatment regimen that is right for you.

 
Nexium  

Acid reflux is a fairly common condition in which acid from the stomach washes back into the esophagus. For many people, acid reflux is mild and short-lived, perhaps caused by stress or overeating. An over the counter medication can help to reduce pain while the underlying condition corrects itself. However, acid reflux that persists or is accompanied by other symptoms such as vomiting or difficulty swallowing should always be treated by a physician. He or she can diagnose the specific type of acid reflux and prescribe medications that are designed to treat that condition.

Nexium (http://www.purplepill.com/) is a common prescription medication that is used to treat a specific type of acid reflux known as GERD. This condition occurs when a regular backwash of stomach acid causes injury and pain in the esophagus. Nexium may also be used alongside other medications to treat or prevent stomach ulcers. The generic name for Nexium is Esomeprazole.

Nexium belongs to a class of prescription medications called proton pump inhibitors. These medications work by binding themselves to the gastric acid pump in the stomach. This reduces the amount of acid that the stomach produces.

Nexium is well-tolerated by many people, but is not right for everyone. Be sure that your doctor is aware of your entire medical history as well as any prescription and over the counter medications you take. Side effects are possible, from headaches to dry mouth. Let your doctor know if you experience any unusual symptoms. There are numerous other proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec and Prevacid, so if for any reason you do not tolerate Nexium well, your doctor may be able to change your medication.

 
Zantac  

Acid reflux is a common condition that occurs when acid from the stomach washes back into the esophagus. In most people, this is caused by situational factors such as overeating or stress, and it clears up within just a few days. However, if acid reflux continues for more than a couple of weeks or is accompanied by other symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea, then it is important to see the doctor. He or she will diagnose the cause of your acid reflux and prescribe the correct medications for you.

Zantac is a prescription medication with the generic name Ranitidine. It is also available in a lower-strength over the counter version known as Zantac 75. It is used to treat a wide variety of acid reflux conditions including GERD and peptic ulcers.

Zantac belongs to a class of acid reflux medications known as H2 blockers. These medications block the production of histamine2, a naturally occurring chemical that stimulates the stomach to produce acid.

Both the over the counter and prescription versions of Zantac are safe and effective for many people. However, they should not be taken by those who have certain underlying medical conditions including, but not limited to, kidney disease or liver disease, without the approval of a physician. They can also interact negatively with certain other medications. For your safety, check with your doctor before taking either version of Zantac.

Zantac can cause a number of side effects, although these are mild in most people. Tell your doctor right away if you experience headache, vomiting, stomach pain or any other unusual symptom.

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