Acid Reflux
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. Various treatments are available to lessen acid reflux, some of which do not require a prescription for you to buy them. You can buy various treatments to help with acid reflux symptoms from Medicine Direct's online pharmacy. Browse our range of medication below

Acid Reflux

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  1. Lansoprazole Orodispersible Tablets 15mg/30mg Medicine Direct UK Online Pharmacy
    Lansoprazole Orodispersible Tablets
    From As low as £19.99
    • Orodispersible (Mouth Dissolving) Tablets
    • Treats Acid Reflux Symptoms
    • Also available in regular Capsule form

    Please note brand received may vary

  2. Losec MUPS
    Losec MUPS
    From As low as £27.99
    • Effective treatment for Acid Reflux
    • Can treat Heartburn, Indigestion and gastrointestinal ulcers
    • Stops the production of stomach acid

    Please note brand received may vary

  3. Esomeprazole
    Esomeprazole
    From As low as £12.99
    • Reduces acid produced by the stomach
    • Helps with symptoms of acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion
    • Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPIs)

    Please note brand received may vary

  4. Lansoprazole Gastro-Resistant Capsules (15mg & 30mg)
    Lansoprazole Gastro-Resistant Capsules (15mg & 30mg)
    From As low as £11.99
    • Very effective Acid Relux treatment
    • Reduces the amount of stomach acid being produced
    • Fast acting to relieve the symptoms of excessive stomach acid

    Please note brand received may vary

  5. Pantoprazole (20mg & 40mg) Tablets
    Pantoprazole (20mg & 40mg) Tablets
    From As low as £11.99
    • Reduces the amount of stomach acid
    • Used to treat Heartburn, Indigestion, Acid Reflux and Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)
    • Fast acting and highly effective treatment

    Please note brand received may vary

  6. omeprazole
    Omeprazole Capsules (10mg, 20mg, 40mg)
    From As low as £11.99
    • Commonly prescribed treatment for acid refulux
    • Relieves the symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn
    • Reduces excessive stomach acid

    Please note brand received may vary

What is Acid reflux?

Acid reflux is a common problem, with 60% of people suffering from it at some point in a 12-month period. However, it can be very uncomfortable and lead to unwanted and unpleasant physical manifestations, such as bad breath and chest pain.

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 are fried or greasy, milk, caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods.

Acid reflux is a condition that is mainly triggered by food. Tweaking your diet or lifestyle is recommended before taking any medicine used to reduce your symptoms.

Acid Reflux Symptoms and Warning Signs

The most common acid reflux symptoms are:

  • A burning sensation in the centre of your chest (heartburn)
  • A bad, sour taste in your mouth (this is caused by stomach acid)
  • Bad breath
  • Bloating and feeling sick (nausea)
  • A hoarse voice
  • Recurring cough or hiccups

A sign that these are acid reflux symptoms is that they will be worse after you have eaten, when you bend over or when you lie down.

To rule out any more serious conditions you may have as a result of these warning signs, and to receive a suitable form of treatment for your problem, you should visit a doctor if your symptoms persist.

What causes Acid Reflux?

The single most common cause of acid reflux is diet and food consumption. For many individuals, different types of food will trigger the symptoms of acid reflux, most commonly alcohol and fatty fried foods.

A recent study into acid reflux inducing foods found that hot spicy stews topped the list when it came to triggering symptoms.

However, acid reflux can also be triggered by a number of different things such as:

  • Diet – particularly spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol and fatty processed foods
  • Medications that wear away the stomach lining such as NSAIDs.
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Other more serious medical conditions such as a hiatus hernia, caused when part of your stomach moves up into your chest

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. Individuals suffering from heartburn are advised to adapt their diet and consume food that can help with acid reflux as a first point of call before using prescribed medication for the condition.

How is Acid Reflux diagnosed?

If you keep getting heartburn or other signs of acid reflux, a pharmacist will be able to give you advice. Various medicines known as antacids can help with heartburn/acid reflux.

Your doctor will likely be able to diagnose acid reflux based on your medical history and after a physical exam. They may recommend certain tests to confirm your acid reflux condition.

If medicines do not prove to be effective, a doctor may refer you for tests like a gastroscopy, where a camera is passed down your throat. This will help them to assess what is causing your symptoms.

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. 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's online pharmacy.

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 lifestyle 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. Antacids can be bought without a prescription, although they should only be used in the short term.

To ease acid reflux, your GP may choose to prescribe proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) which can provide effective relief for some of the painful symptoms caused by acid reflux. Proton pump inhibitors work by reducing the amount of acid the stomach produces and as a result ease the symptoms of acid reflux. 

One of the most commonly prescribed treatments for Acid reflux include Omeprazole 20mg capsules which are fast acting and help ease the symptoms related to excessive stomach acid.

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. One of our certified doctors will prescribe you the medication they deem the most appropriate to treat your symptoms. You can then order this medicine from our online pharmacy; order online by 2pm and we can offer you next day delivery.

All of our doctors and pharmacists follow the Nice guidelines when prescribing Proton Pump Inhibitors and all other acid reflux medication.

Doctor Notes

Medicine Direct have an experienced clinical team of doctors, pharmacists and dispensers, all of whom are based in the UK. All are fully trained and qualified to provide appropriate and considered care across all areas of treatment we have available at our online pharmacy.

This means that no matter which member of our team is assigned to your case, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a highly skilled medical professional, who possesses the compassion and clinical expertise to properly advise you on the best course of treatment.

We are fully regulated

All of our doctors and pharmacists are fully registered with both the General Medical Council (GMC), MHRA and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Each member of our team has also worked in various clinic settings in the past, such as community pharmacies and NHS hospitals.

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
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This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

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