Acid reflux is associated with low stomach acid levels. When you are stressed, the body's natural response is to suppress the digestive system, which results in decreased stomach acid production. Your body also produces less stomach acid as you age. This is why acid reflux is more common in older people than in young people.
If there is not sufficient acid, the unabsorbed food will last longer in the stomach. The longer it lasts, the more likely it is that the LES will relax and acid reflux will occur. There are so many things to do while suffering from acid reflux that is going to be discussed in the upcoming paragraphs.
However, acid reflux treatment aims to increase stomach pH (lower acidity), inhibit stomach acid production, or block it completely.
These over-the-counter medications use various combinations of magnesium, calcium, or aluminum, and hydroxide or bicarbonate ions to neutralize stomach acid and temporarily reduce symptoms. On the other hand, such medications if taken in long term without proper prescription can become the reason for causing cancer which is more dangerous. That is why people usually claim ranitidine cancer lawsuit against the manufacturing team and get compensation in return for their loss.
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These drugs such as Tagamet, Pepcid, Zantac, Axid are available over the counter and by prescription only and have a short-term effect by suppressing stomach acid production.
Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI):
Prescribed, these drugs such as Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix completely eliminate the proton pump in the stomach that produces stomach acid.
Factors Affecting Acid Reflux:
- Being overweight puts the LES under additional stress
- Consume alcohol and caffeine
- Too much food
- Eating too fast, inadequate chewing
- Eating too close to the bed
- Several over the counter and prescription drugs
- Fatty, fried, and spicy dishes
- Dairy products, tomato-based foods, soda, chocolate, citrus fruits, mint, garlic, and onions.