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Treatment for GERD

GERD Treatment Round Rock TX
In addition to dietary and lifestyle changes, medication is commonly used to treat heartburn, the most common symptom of GERD.

  • Designed to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach
  • Does not address the cause of GERD or prevent GERD
  • May provide symptom relief for many
  • Up to 40% of patients continue to have symptoms while on medication
  • The US Food and Drug Adminis- tration (FDA) has issued a series of statements on possible side effects of long-term use of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) including: possible fracture risk, low magnesium levels, and clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea

Benefits

  • Reduce the amount of acid in the stomach
  • May reduce inflammation of esophageal lining
  • Provide symptom relief for many patients, but relief can be temporary

Limitations

  • DO NOT affect the cause of reflux (LES)
  • DO NOT prevent reflux
  • May require lifelong use and dose increases
  • Side effects include: Diarrhea, nausea, constipation and headache
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Thanksgiving Tips from Dr. Buckley

Following are some tips from Dr. Buckley to help reduce GERD symptoms: Schedule an earlier meal. It's best not to eat late at night if you suffer from GERD.   Another good idea is to serve lighter appetizers. Fatty foods like chips, dips, and cheeses are slow to empty from the stomach and more likely ...Read More »

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