Acid Reflux

At times the stomach reacts to certain foods or drinks causing small amounts of gastric acid to make its way into your oesophagus. This can cause heartburn recognized by the bitter taste in the throat. You can manage acid reflux efficiently using the treatments offered at True Medical and at the same time identify the triggers for this stomach reaction for a lasting solution for the issue.

At times the stomach reacts to certain foods or drinks causing small amounts of gastric acid to make its way into your oesophagus. This can cause heartburn recognized by the bitter taste in the throat. You can manage acid reflux efficiently using the treatments offered at True Medical and at the same time identify the triggers for this stomach reaction for a lasting solution for the issue.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Acid Reflux? 

Acid reflux is a digestive issue which occurs when the stomach acid makes its way up to the oesophagus. Before the food gets into the stomach, it passes through the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES). This organ is responsible for closing the passage after the food has gone through. However, there are times when the LES doesn’t fully close and stomach acid can flow to areas it shouldn’t be getting through to.

What are Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI)? 

Proton pump inhibitors restrict the proton pumps in the stomach. To define it simply, they help prevent the production of acid in the stomach. If less acid is produced, there will be a less corrosive gastric juice that will reach the oesophagus. When the gastric juice is overly acidic, it can cause irritation and inflammation of the stomach. There are medications that aid in reducing the acidity of the gastric juice such as omeprazole, which is considered a proton pump inhibitor.

The common symptoms of acid reflux are heartburn or chest pain and a sour or bitter taste in the mouth and throat. It may also include other less common symptoms such as bloating, burping, hiccups and bad breath. These symptoms typically intensify when the body is in a lying or bending position. Also, certain foods may trigger the symptoms after eating them.

What Causes Acid Reflux?  

Acid reflux is usually caused by having large or heavy meals, eating before bedtime and lying down after eating. Certain foods that can trigger acid reflux as well. This includes mint, garlic, citrus, fatty and spicy foods. Drinks such as coffee, alcohol and carbonated beverages can also contribute to having acid reflux.

Some people are more prone to acid reflux especially those who are obese, overweight, pregnant and those who smoke. Stress and anxiety can also trigger acid reflux as well as certain medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen and blood pressure medications.

A stomach abnormality called “hiatal hernia” can also cause acid reflux. This is a condition where the LES and the upper part of the stomach move above the diaphragm. The diaphragm aids in separating the stomach from the chest and keeps the acid in your stomach, so the action allows the acid to move up into your oesophagus.

What is the Treatment for Acid Reflux? 

You may be able to find many over-the-counter treatments for acid reflux in supermarkets and stores, but it is best to get authentic and safe treatments such as those at True Medical. With a wide range of medications, you will surely find the most suitable one for your condition.

While taking your medication, it is also a good practice to modify your lifestyle and try to avoid getting acid reflux. This includes staying away from trigger foods and drinks. Also, try to stop smoking and change your existing diet to a healthier one especially if you are overweight. Plus, put a limit on your alcohol consumption.

It is recommended to eat small, frequent meals to manage acid reflux symptoms. It will also help if you avoid lying down after meals and try to wait for 2-3 hours. When lying down, place something under you such as a pillow or a mattress to raise your head for 5 or 6 inches. This will help maintain the head and chest above the waist and lessen the effects of the acid reflux.

You will see a list of different acid reflux medicines including the most popular one, Lansoprazole. Your doctor will assess your condition and explain the side effects and precautions of every type of acid reflux medication. He will decide what is the best treatment for your condition. You can purchase Lansoprazole by clicking the featured treatment shown in the product section of this page.