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How to cure acid reflux? Objectives for the cure is to reduce reflux, relieve symptoms and prevent damages to esophageal.

Self-care at home

Many people can reduce those symptoms by way of changing lifestyle and habits. The following measures can reduce reflux effectively if being complied strictly:
– Got no any meal 3 hours before going to bed in order to empty the stomach and reduce acid exudation. If you have got no eat, your body will not produce acid to digest food.
– Do not lie down right after eating at any time of the day.
– Leave your head is about 15 cm higher than a pillow. Height will help prevent the reflux.
– Do not eat too much. Eating a mass of foods at once can increase the amount of acid needed to digest food. Let’s eat small meals and split them up.
– Avoiding fatty foods, chocolate, caffeine, foods made from mint or mint-flavored, spicy foods, sour foods. These foods reduce the ability to protect the lining of the esophagus.
– Avoiding alcoholic beverages. Alcohol may increase the capacity of stomach acid and reflux up to the esophagus.
– Stopping the smoke, smoking will weaken the lower esophageal sphincter and increase the reflux.
– Losing weight. The overweighed and obese people are more susceptible to reflux than those with ideal weight.
– Standing and sitting up straightly, keeping your right posture. This allows food and stomach acid to go down instead of back up the esophagus.

– Talking your doctor if you are taking pain relievers such as aspirin, ibprofen (Advil, Motrin) or the osteoporosis drugs. These medications can aggravate the reflux in some people.
Some changes may be difficult to apply. You should talk to your doctor if you need advices on losing weight and quitting your smoke. Perceiving how to cure acid reflux may bring you an incentive to try.

Nonprescription drugs

These drugs can reduce the symptoms. Ask your doctor before trying to use.
Antacid (antacid): take 1 hour after eating and before bedtime, as it can neutralize existing acid.
– Some drugs are commonly used as Gaviscon, Maalox, Mylanta, and Tums.
– Some drugs are combined with foaming substances. Bubbles in the stomach prevents acid reflux up the esophagus.
– These drugs are very safe to use day by day for several weeks, but if used for a long time can cause side effects as:
+ Diarrhea
+ Reduces calcium metabolism of the body.
+ Zinc accumulation inside the body can cause kidney damage.
– If used daily over 3 weeks, you should tell your doctor.
– Anti-histamine: has effect of preventing the production of acid.
– Anti-H2 is only effective if taken at least 1 hour before meals because they can not impact on existing acid.
The antihistamine often used as cimetidine (Tagamet), famotidine (Pepcid), ranitidine (Zantac), nizatidine (axid).

Intervention by medicine

If having self-care at home, and treating with conventional medicine is not effective, your doctor may prescribe the stronger antacid drugs. These treatments can be used in just a short time or for a longer period of time while you gradually change your lifestyle

Drugs

The drugs have various mechanisms to reduce reflux

Drug for proton pump inhibition (proton pump inhibition – PPI)

– PPI includes omeprazole (Prilosec), esomeprazole (Neium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), rabeprazole (Aciphex), pantoprazole (Protonix).
– It prevents the production of one enzyme necessary for the production of stomach acid.
– PPI stops acid production better antihistamines

Drug for stomach protection

Sucralfate (Carafate) will coat a lining and ulcer in order to increase a layer of protection against gastric acid

Surgery

Surgery is never the first choice in the treatment of GERD. Changing habits and lifestyle, the common antacids, prescription are all used before surgery is considered.
Only when all the above methods are failed, the surgery is needed at that time. Because lifestyle changes and medication is effective to most patients, surgery is performed in only a small number of patients.
The most numberous surgical method is carried out for treating GERD is called fundoplication. So how to cure acid reflux by this way? Hereinafter will give you specific explanation.
– Fundoplication surgery aims to increase pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter to keep the acid in the stomach.
– The surgeon will wrap a part of the stomach around the esophagus as a collar and resew it to improve the efficiency of “a-way valve”.
– This method is done through laparoscopy, without incising a large trace of abdominal cavity. The surgeon incising 2 very small  spots in the abdomen and put the long and narrow devices with one camera together through the small hole in your belly.
This method only leaves small scars and recovery time is much faster than normal.
– Just like any other surgical methods, fundoplication is not always effective and can cause somehow complications

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