What to Do About GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

What to Do About GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

An estimated 15 to 20% of the U.S. population has GERD, according to a 2014 review from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Anyone can develop this condition; however, you are at higher risk if:

  • You’re obese
  • You’re pregnant
  • You’re taking medications that cause GERD, e.g., antihistamines, painkillers, and antidepressants
  • You smoke or are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke
  • Recommended Treatments

    Patients with GERD will likely be recommended to try out a few lifestyle changes and over-the-counter drugs by their doctor. However, if their symptoms don’t calm down after a few weeks, they might get recommended prescription medication or surgery.

  • OTC Medication

    Any licensed and professional pharmacy in Cambridge can provide:

    • Antacids that neutralize stomach acid
    • Medications to reduce acid production
    • Medications that block acid production and heal the esophagus
  • Prescription Medication

    Providers of professional medical care in Ontario will prescribe the following to patients:

    • Prescription-strength H-2-receptor blockers
    • Prescription-strength proton pump inhibitors
    • Medication to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter
  • Surgery and Other Procedures

    If the doctor recommends, patients may have to go through:

    • Fundoplication
    • LINX device
    • Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF)

If you’re feeling an uncomfortable burning sensation around your chest area, don’t ignore it — visit our walk-in clinic in Cambridge today.

We at Firstline Walk-In Clinic, Family Practice & Pharmacy offer not only the best health care services, but we also have exceptional pharmaceutical services in Ontario to make medication more accessible to our patients.

Contact us today for more details!

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