Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease : What is it & treatments


A chronic digestive disease where the liquid content of the stomach refluxes into the esophagus, the tube connecting the mouth and stomach.


Common symptoms are a burning sensation in chest and difficulty swallowing and sensation of a lump in the throat.


When the esophageal sphincter relaxes abnormally or weakens, stomach acid can flow back up into your esophagus, causing frequent heartburn.


The condition is usually diagnosable based on medical history and physical examination.

Common treatment options

How is this diagnosed?


  • Treatable by a medical professional
  • Diagnosed by medical professional
  • Rarely requires lab test or imaging
  • Can last several months
  • Common for ages 50 and older
  • Family history may increase likelihood


Antacids: Acts by neutralizing stomach acids, thereby providing quick relief.

Omeprazole . Aluminium hydroxide/Magnesium hydroxide/Simethicone . Magnesium Hydroxide

H-2 receptor blockers: H-2-receptor blockers do not act as quickly as antacids, but they provide longer relief and may decrease acid production from the stomach for up to 12 hours.

Cimetidine . Famotidine

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For informational purposes only. Consult a medical professional for advice. Source: Focus Medica.

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