Treatments for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/Heartburn
The treatment and management of GERD or heartburn involves lifestyle changes and medications. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
The goals of treatment include:
- Reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach
- Strengthening the sphincter muscle
- Reducing the amount of food, liquid, and stomach acid that flows backward into the esophagus from the stomach
Treatment may involve the following:
American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://www.aafp.org/ . Accessed March 8, 2006.
American Gastroenterological Association website. Available at: http://www.gastro.org/ . Accessed March 6, 2006.
The Merck Manual of Medical Information . 17th edition. Simon and Schuster, Inc.; 2000.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/ . Accessed March 7, 2006.
Last reviewed November 2008 by ]]>Daus Mahnke, MD]]>
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