Lifestyle changes and medications help ease GERD symptoms

10/29/2008 | Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.), The

Dr. Dennis Cardone, of the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, says gastroesophageal reflux disease patients can try sleeping with the head of the bed raised, avoid eating big meals before bedtime and stop smoking to reduce symptoms. Limiting alcohol and caffeinated foods, reducing stress, and losing weight also may help. Over-the-counter antacids and prescription medications, such as H-2 receptor blockers or proton pump inhibitors, can also help to control chronic symptoms, he says.

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