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How to Stop Severe GERD When it comes to valentino bag gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, the word is in the eye or chest, as it were of the beholder. There actually no specific medical diagnosis for as opposed to GERD, but any case of GERD that hasn responded to acidneutralizing medications can be considered serious. At its worst, GERD can lead to difficulty swallowing, weight loss and severe abdominal pain symptoms that should be immediately discussed with a doctor. Protecting the esophagus from acidity allows the lining to heal. Overthecounter antacids such as Tums or Rolaids are the fastest way to get shortterm relief from a severe attack of GERD because they neutralize acid in the esophagus and stomach on contact. Liquid antacids usually work the fastest. PPIs are considered the most effective medication for relieving GERD symptoms and healing inflammation of the esophagus. PPIs are available over the counter, but for severe GERD they are often prescribed at higher doses and for longer durations. They include familiar brandname drugs like lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec) and esomeprazole (Nexium).

An older group of acid blockers, the H2 inhibitors, are still sometimes used in particular situations. H2 blockers work within 30 to 90 minutes and can work for hours. For severe GERD, they are sometimes recommended for nighttime use as a supplement to PPIs. H2 blockers are also available over the counter under such generic names as http://www.valentinohandbagssale.com/ famotidine (Pepcid), cimetidine (Tagamet) and ranitidine (Zantac).

Diet and Weight Loss It used to be that certain foods were automatically considered offlimits because they were certain to aggravate GERD. These days, doctors are more likely to recommend that patients pay close attention to what they eating and take note of foods that trigger their symptoms and come to their own conclusions. However, although specific studies on individual foods and beverages are lacking, certain foods do have properties known to aggravate GERD. Foods to pay special attention to include fatty and fried foods, chocolate, raw onions, mint and alcohol. Excess body weight puts pressure on the valve known as the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, causing structural weakness and hindering its ability to function. Your doctor may recommend that you lose weight, especially if you have experienced recent weight gain.

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