Acid reflux treatment in Muswell Hill

Acid reflux treatment in Muswell Hill

Acid reflux

Acid reflux is a common condition that causes burning pain, known as heartburn, in the lower chest area. It happens when stomach acid flows back up into the food pipe.

Dukes Pharmacy offers online Doctor service for Acid reflux treatment in Muswell Hill. You can order your medicines online and prescribers will review your prescription. You can pick up your medication in store.

In this blog post, we look at what acid reflux is, its symptoms, causes, treatment options, and what else can help ease the symptoms of acid reflux.

Acid reflux Symptoms

The main symptoms of acid reflux are:

  • heartburn – a burning sensation in the middle of your chest
  • an unpleasant sour taste in your mouth, caused by stomach acid

You may also have:

  • a cough or hiccups that keep coming back
  • a hoarse voice
  • bad breath
  • bloating and feeling sick

Your symptoms will probably be worse after eating, when lying down and when bending over.

Acid reflux causes

Acid reflux is when some of the acid content of the stomach flows up into the esophagus, into the gullet, which moves food down from the mouth.

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a digestive condition that commonly occurs in one in five people.

Lots of people get heartburn from time to time. There’s often no obvious reason why.

Sometimes it’s caused or made worse by:

  • certain food and drink – such as coffee, alcohol, chocolate, and fatty or spicy foods
  • being overweight
  • smoking
  • pregnancy
  • stress and anxiety
  • some medicines, such as anti-inflammatory painkillers (like ibuprofen)
  • a hiatus hernia – when part of your stomach moves up into your chest

Acid reflux treatment

Most people respond well to treatment with medication and some people may require a long-term course of medication to control the symptoms of acid reflux.

Acid reflux medication

Some of the medicines that can help with treating acid reflux can be ordered from Dukes Pharmacy’s Online Doctor service include:

Omeprazole – Omeprazole is a generic drug used to treat certain conditions where there is too much acid in the stomach. It is used to treat gastric and duodenal ulcers, erosive esophagitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a condition where the acid in the stomach washes back up into the esophagus. Read more about Omeprazole.

Lansoprazole – Lansoprazole is a generic drug used to treat certain conditions where there is too much acid in the stomach. It is used to treat gastric and duodenal ulcers, erosive esophagitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a condition where the acid in the stomach washes back up into the esophagus. Read more about Lansoprazole.

Esomeprazole – Esomeprazole is a generic drug used to treat certain conditions where there is too much acid in the stomach. It is used to treat gastric and duodenal ulcers, erosive esophagitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a condition where the acid in the stomach washes back up into the esophagus. Read more about Esomeprazole.

Pantoprazole – Pantoprazole is a generic drug used to treat certain conditions where there is too much acid in the stomach. It is used to treat gastric and duodenal ulcers, erosive esophagitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a condition where the acid in the stomach washes back up into the esophagus. Read more about Pantoprazole.

Tests and surgery for heartburn and acid reflux

If medicines don’t help or your symptoms are severe, your GP may refer you to a specialist for:

  • tests to find out what’s causing your symptoms, such as a gastroscopy (where a thin tube with a camera is passed down your throat)
  • an operation to stop acid reflux – called a laparoscopic fundoplication

what helps acid reflux?

Simple lifestyle changes can help stop or reduce heartburn.

  • eat smaller, more frequent meals
  • raise one end of your bed 10 to 20cm by putting something under your bed or mattress – make it so your chest and head are above the level of your waist, so stomach acid doesn’t travel up towards your throat
  • try to lose weight if you’re overweight
  • try to find ways to relax
  • do not have food or drink that triggers your symptoms
  • do not eat within 3 or 4 hours before bed
  • do not wear clothes that are tight around your waist
  • do not smoke
  • do not drink too much alcohol
  • do not stop taking any prescribed medicine without speaking to a doctor first