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Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux and sometimes referred to as simply heartburn, occurs when stomach acid travels up towards your throat. Acid reflux is the action of this acid travelling from the stomach and heartburn is the feeling you experience as a result. However, the terms are often used interchangeably.
What Medicine Direct can offer for Acid Reflux
Medicine Direct offers a variety of heartburn remedies and acid reflux medication. These include the commonly prescribed Lansoprazole, Omeprazole and Pantoprazole, which work by reducing the amount of acid your stomach makes. In doing so, it effectively reduces painful heartburn symptoms caused by excessive acid. You can also speak with a doctor to discuss the best type and dosage of heartburn medication for your symptoms.
What is heartburn?
Heartburn is the feeling you experience when stomach acid travels up from the stomach and towards your throat (acid reflux). It happens when there is excess acid in your stomach, which can be very painful. If it is not treated properly, it can create ulcers and erode the lining of your throat. As for what causes acid reflux, it is normally the result of eating specific foods. The stomach entrance, called the sphincter muscle, is designed to open in order to allow food to pass into your stomach and then close again. However, sometimes it does not close properly, allowing stomach acid to escape into your throat. The problem may also be that it opens too often, causing the same issue. This is usually triggered by meats that are high in fat, foods that fried or greasy, milk, caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods. Alternatively, the cause of acid reflux may be an imbalance of stomach acid and the protective mucous that counteracts it or having a weak sphincter muscle. Being overweight, and therefore having a higher level of pressure on your stomach can also cause acid reflux, as the sphincter muscle is forced open after eating.
Acid Reflux Treatment
You may be able to treat your heartburn by making changes to your diet and the way you eat. You could try eating smaller but more frequent meals, losing weight if necessary and raising your bed at night so your chest and head are above the height of your stomach. Some people report acid reflux occurring more when they are stressed, so it could be beneficial to find activities or routines that help you to relax and de-stress.
While making these changes, be sure to eat well in advance of going to bed (at least 3 or 4 hours) and avoid foods that you believe are triggering your acid reflux and heartburn. Do not smoke or drink too much alcohol and ensure that you wear clothes that are comfortable around your waist and stomach.
If these steps do not help, you may need a type of medication called antacids. These work to reduce the amount of stomach acid your body makes.
Acid Reflux Symptoms and Warning Signs
Acid reflux symptoms will often include:
Heartburn (a burning sensation in the centre of your chest)
A sour and unpleasant taste in your mouth (caused by the stomach acid)
Other acid reflux warning signs may include:
Recurring cough or hiccups
Feeling sick or nauseous
If acid reflux keeps happening, this is called Gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Getting An Acid Reflux Test
If you think you do have acid reflux and are looking for how to get rid of heartburn, fill out a Medicine Direct health questionnaire here. This will be passed to one of our doctors, who will assess your symptoms and prescribe the right course of treatment for you. You can then buy acid reflux medication at Medicine Direct.