Acid Reflux Treatments

The following medicines are licensed, safe and effective acid reflux treatments available in the UK.

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About Acid Reflux

What is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is the regurgitation of stomach acid into the oesophagus causing heartburn and other symptoms. It is a common symptom and should be treated as soon as possible. If left untreated, heartburn can lead to Barrett's oesophagus, which is a precursor to cancer. 

When excess acid from the stomach leaks up into the food pipe (oesophagus), the condition is known as acid reflux. This may cause heartburn and other symptoms.

The mainline treatments are a group of medicines called “proton pump inhibitors” that work by reducing the amount of acid made in the stomach. Treatments reduce the amount of acid made in your stomach and usually works well. Some people take short courses of medication when symptoms flare up. Some people need long-term daily medication to keep symptoms away.

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How common is Acid Reflux?

Almost everyone at some point in their lives will experience it. Between 25% to 40% of the general population are reported to suffer from Acid Reflux.

Most people initially respond well to treatment with medication, but symptoms can often return quite quickly (within days or weeks). People with recurring gastro-oesophageal reflux may need to take medication on a long-term basis.

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Causes of Acid Reflux

The most common cause is decreased muscle tone of the lower oesophageal sphincter allowing acid to reflux. Other causes can be:

  • 1) Being overweight or obese
  • 2) Pregnancy
  • 3) Consuming tobacco, alcohol, coffee or chocolate

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Symptoms of Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux is where acid is regurgitated (brought back up) into your throat and mouth. Regurgitation of acid usually causes:

  • 1) An unpleasant, sour taste at the top of your throat or the back of your mouth
  • 2) Difficulty swallowing, acid scarring leads to the oesophagus narrowing, making it difficult to swallow
  • 3) The feeling of food stuck in the food pipe (oesaphagus)

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Available treatments

Available treatments for Acid Reflux:

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Lifestyle advice

You can reduce your symptoms of Acid Reflux by:

  • 1) Eating smaller, more frequent meals
  • 2) Avoid alcohol, coffee, chocolate, tomatoes, fatty or spicy food
  • 3) Stop Smoking
  • 4) Try losing weight

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