Treatment Tips For Severe Chronic Heartburn

If you feel uncomfortable in the middle of your chest every time you finish a meal, you may have chronic heartburn. The acid in your stomach can leak into your food pipe (food tube), which causes pain and burning. This is a condition that requires treatment . You need to treat heartburn. These are just a few of the simple things you can do to avoid this.

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It is possible to reduce the heartburn pain by changing your lifestyle.

Treatments

For chronic severe heartburn you might need medication. There are both prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Doctors will often recommend antacids for heartburn. These medications can be bought over-the counter. You can get them over-the-counter. They eliminate stomach acid. They don't work for long. Also, they don't aid in healing an injured esophagus. You should look for products with both aluminum and magnesium salts. They are less likely than other products to cause constipation or diarrhea.

There are both over-the counter and prescription H2 blockers. H2 blockers are not as fast acting as antacids but they can last much longer. They slow down stomach acid production. These include Tagamet (cimetidine) and Zantac 360 (famotidine). Ranitidine was pulled from the market after being found to be a cancer-causing agent.

Also, proton pump inhibitors or PPIs block acid production. They can be purchased over-the-counter or on prescription.

There may be more than one medication you need. Discuss your options with your doctor to determine the most effective treatment for you. You should be aware of side effects from any medication that you take.

Operation The most popular surgery for severe heartburn is fundoplication. To strengthen your stomach and keep acid from escaping, the surgeon will wrap your stomach around your bottom. It is possible to do this laparoscopically. This involves a very small cut that usually allows you to return home within 3 days.

Endoscopic treatment
It is the exact same treatment as surgery. Your doctor will instead insert a narrow tube, called an endoscope, down your throat into your stomach. The doctor then uses heat or stitches to make scar tissue and tighten the stomach sphincter to stop it from leaking.

Moderner methods include implant therapy (such as the LINX, where titanium beads are linked to create a retaining barrier) that keeps acid out of the stomach.

Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication is the latest therapy using an endoscope. It seems to produce good results in the short term.