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Learn more about acid reflux and what you can do to keep things even.

The problem

Acid reflux affects more than a quarter of Americans, yet most people aren’t prepared when the symptoms strike. But there’s a silver lining! Though there’s no cure for heartburn, there are clinically-proven treatments that can relieve pain and reduce the frequency of acid reflux in the long run.

1 in 4 Americans suffer from some form of acid reflux—and that number is on the rise.

Statistics provided by National Center for Biotechnology Information
U.S. National Library of Medicine

The causes

While triggers are personal, experts agree a hiatal hernia is often the cause. A hiatal hernia is when the stomach pushes up into the esophagus, causing acid reflux and general discomfort as stomach acid flows backwards into your esophagus.

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The heartburn connection

Many people don’t realize that heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux, rather than a related condition. Other symptoms that often fly under the acid reflux radar include a dry cough, nausea, and feeling like there’s a lump in your throat.

Some common treatments

Depending on how you’re affected by acid reflux, there are a few ways to go about treating it. Lifestyle changes—like eating smaller meals or avoiding food close to bedtime—can also help lessen the severity and frequency of your symptoms.

Antacids

Generic Tums®. Antacids are taken for occasional acid reflux and provide immediate relief for heartburn by neutralizing stomach acid.

PPIs

Generic Nexium® or Prilosec®. PPIs are highly effective at reducing acid reflux by blocking the production of stomach acid by over 90%.

While they’re generally well tolerated, acid reflux drugs do have occasional side effects.

Surprising things that can cause acid reflux

Fish

Green around the gills

Mint

What fresh hell

Cheese

No parm, no foul

Chocolate

More bitter than sweet

Progress is a process

Medication works differently for everyone. While the first medication that you try might not work perfectly for you or right away, sticking to your plan and monitoring your progress over time will help you find the right fit.

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