are only 2 ways to treat Acid Reflux
If you have had heartburn or any heartburn symptoms for a
while, you may have already tried various medications that
have failed - otherwise you wouldn't be here!
We just want to help you decide which type of treatment is
best for you. Basically there are only 2 choices! Drugs or
Drugs, whether they are prescribed or purchased over the
counter are the most commonly used, yet they certainly don't
produce the results you would expect.
are safer and have no negative side effects. These generally
aim at removing the cause of the condition, yet there are
some that emulate drugs in that they only treat the symptoms.
Instant Relief + Side Effects
Drugs can give instant relief, but they do they have numerous
bad side effects.
Natural products have no side effects, but it may take a longer
to get relief.
The BIG difference is that drugs are designed to treat symptoms
on an ongoing basis (and with an ongoing expense). A good
natural remedy will remove the cause, which means there won't
be any symptoms left to treat (and no more ongoing expenses!)
Depending on how severe your condition is, your choice between
these 2 types of treatment may be limited if surgery becomes
necessary. Luckily this is very rarely the case!
We highly recommend natural remedies
for the most pain free way of treating Acid Reflux,
simply because they are free from negative side effects.
Until now there has been no actual cure for Acid Reflux,
and drug treatments all come with a host of negative effects
that you really don't need to add to your existing problem
with Acid Reflux.
Natural Treatment Revealed!
The good news is that a brand new natural treatment has
been released into the public domain and hundreds of patients
have already benefited from this proven treatment.
Based on information collected from a range of digestive
health experts, our Natural Health Team has just released
'The Acid Reflux Report' which details this new method of
treatment. You to can benefit from the inside information
contained in this report.
here to get a FREE copy of 'The Acid Reflux Report' now
Pitfalls of Drug Treatment
You could start by trying over-the-counter antacids, which
you can buy without a prescription. You may get relief, but
it is best you know right now that they aren't going to cure
Or you may decide to visit your doctor. The acid reflux
treatment your doctor prescribes will include medications
that stop acid production or other medications that can strengthen
the muscles that help to empty your stomach.
Antacids such as Alka-Seltzer, Maalox, Mylanta, Pepto-Bismol,
Rolaids, and Riopan, are usually the first drugs recommended
to relieve heartburn and other mild acid reflux symptoms.
Antacids, however, have side effects that can be quite unpleasant.
Common ingredients like magnesium salt can lead to diarrhea,
and aluminum salts can cause constipation.
Most of these medications are the same as those used for stomach
ulcer pain relief. Calcium carbonate antacids, such
as Tums, Titralac, and Alka-2, are also used as an acid
reflux treatment and can be a supplemental source of calcium
as well - but they can also cause constipation.
- Foaming agents such as Gaviscon, work by covering
your stomach contents with foam to prevent reflux. These
drugs may help those who have no damage to the esophagus.
- H2 blockers such as cimetidine (Tagamet HB),
famotidine (Pepcid AC), nizatidine (Axid AR), and ranitidine
(Zantac 75), slow down acid production. Many people get
temporary relief at bedtime from taking H2 blockers in
combination with a proton pump inhibitor. This is a commonly
used acid reflux treatment.
- Proton pump inhibitors include omeprazole (Prilosec),
lansoprazole (Prevacid), Pantoprozole (Protonix), rabeprazole
(Aciphex), and esomeprazole (Nexium), which are all available
by prescription. These are more effective as an acid reflux
treatment than H2 blockers as they can relieve symptoms
in almost everyone who has acid reflux.
Notice that only symptoms can be relieved - this
form of acid reflux treatment is not a cure! In
fact Proton pump inhibitors relieve your symptoms so well
that you could easily develop a strong dependence on them
for ongoing pain relief. (Great for the shareholders in
those big pharmaceutical companies!)
- Another group of drugs, pro kinetics, can help strengthen
the sphincter and makes the stomach empty faster.
Stopping acid production means that you can't digest
your food properly and this can leave you undernourished.
Reducing the acid in your stomach also weakens your stomachs
natural defense system against infections and increases
your risk of food poisoning.
This is a typical example that demonstrates how pharmaceutical
companies don't disclose everything all the time, and how
they will always give their profits and
shareholders priority over your well-being.
The bottom line is that drugs like
Prilosec, Nexium, Tagamet and Zantac may be OK for temporary
relief of symptoms, but they are useless as
a real cure for the underlying cause of acid reflux.
if symptoms persist?
The bad news is that if your heartburn does not improve with
any of the above acid reflux treatments, then you may will
probably be sent for one of the following tests (that is
if you follow your doctors orders)...
- A barium swallow radiograph uses x rays to help spot
abnormalities such as a hiatal hernia and severe inflammation
of the esophagus. With this test, you drink a solution
and then x rays are taken. Mild irritation will not appear
on this test, although narrowing of the esophagus—called
stricture—ulcers, hiatal hernia, and other problems
- Upper endoscopy is more accurate than a barium swallow
radiograph and may be performed in a hospital or a doctor's
office. The doctor will spray your throat to numb it and
slide down a thin, flexible plastic tube called an endoscope.
A tiny camera in the endoscope allows the doctor to see
the surface of the esophagus and to search for abnormalities.
If you have had moderate to severe symptoms and this procedure
reveals injury to the esophagus, usually no other tests
are needed to confirm acid reflux. The doctor may remove
a small piece of tissue for biopsy. A biopsy viewed under
a microscope can reveal damage caused by acid reflux and
rule out other problems.
- In a pH monitoring examination, the doctor puts a tiny
tube into the esophagus that will stay there for 24 hours.
While you go about your normal activities, it measures
when and how much acid comes up into your esophagus. This
test is useful in people with acid reflux symptoms but
no esophageal damage. The procedure is also helpful in
detecting whether respiratory symptoms, including wheezing
and coughing, are triggered by reflux.
Surgery - is it a viable option?
Some people resort to surgery when medicine and lifestyle
changes do not work. Surgery may also be a reasonable alternative
to a lifetime of useless drugs and discomfort. The problem
here is that because most doctors are unaware of natural
solutions that are available, nor have they advised their
patients to explore these avenues before they decide on surgery.
Considering Implants? Be very
Recently the FDA approved an implant that may help people
looking for an acid reflux treatment, but who want to avoid
surgery. Enteryx is a solution that becomes spongy and can
keep stomach acid from flowing into the esophagus. It is
injected during endoscopy.
The implant is designed for people who have acid reflux
and who require and respond to proton pump inhibitors. The
long-term effects of the implant are unknown. Therefore,
be very careful of this option if it is recommended!
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