Over The Counter Relief for Your Acid Reflux

There IS over the counter relief for your acid reflux. If you have GERD, chances are that you’ve already tried several of those remedies. If you’re new to the ailment, you may be wondering where to start.

Either way, don’t give up until you've exhausted all of your options because your only other alternative is a prescription medication, which can cost a cash paying patient up to $160.00. The OTC treatments that are currently available to consumers are:

  • Antacids

  • H2 Blockers

  • Bismuth

  • Subsalicylate

  • Prilosec OTC Formulation

Antacids, which neutralize the acid in your stomach, were once the only OTC option for reflux sufferers. Because of that, nearly everyone has tried an antacid at one point in time. The following is a comprehensive list of the antacids that you can count on to provide inexpensive, convenient, over-the-counter relief for your acid reflux:

  • Gaviscon

  • Mylanta

  • Milk of Magnesia (Ex-Lax, Phillips Chewable Tablets)

  • Maalox Regular Strength Antacid

  • Pepcid Complete Chewable Tablets

  • Tums Regular Antacid

  • Alka-Seltzer Heartburn Relief

  • Rolaids

  • Titralac

These remedies can be purchased at any drug store, pharmacy or retail outlet. You can even get them at most gas stations and convenient marts if you’re on the road or in a rush. They’ve been proven to be convenient and cost-effective in relationship to a prescription alternative.

However, many of them have to be taken up to 3-4 times a day (or more) in order to completely alleviate symptoms. An H2 Blocker doesn’t work as fast as an antacid but it will generally tend to be longer acting. They work by reducing the amount of acid that is produced by your stomach. Some examples are:

  • Tagamet HB 200

  • Pepcid AC

  • Zantac 75

There are some products, like Pepcid Complete, that combine both an H2 Blocker and an antacid. Those products are both faster acting AND longer lasting than an antacid or an H2 Blocker alone. Bismuth subsalicylate is the generic name for the active ingredient found in a class of several products with which you may already be familiar. It can be found in:

  • Kaopectate

  • Maalox Maximum Strength Total Stomach Relief

  • Pepto-Bismol

  • Bismatrol

These medications help to balance out the way in which fluid moves through your bowels. They are designed to "coat" the lining of the stomach, which prevents the destruction caused by acid.

If you’re a NASCAR fan, you’re familiar with the Prilosec OTC Formulation (and Jeff Burton’s purple race car). Prilosec is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that, until recently, was only available by prescription. It is, by far, the strongest product available to provide over-the-counter relief for your acid reflux.

It’s a once-a-day product that is designed to provide 24-hour relief from GERD symptoms but it should only be used in patients that suffer from acid reflux more than twice each week. With the countless medications that exist, you just might be able to find over-the-counter relief for your acid reflux.

Remember that, even though these medications don’t require a prescription, they should still only be used according their package labeling and extended use is not advised. If your symptoms persist more than two weeks, you need to consult your physician.

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