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Acid reflux, also known as heartburn, is a common condition that involves the movement of stomach acid up into the chest, which causes an unpleasant and uncomfortable burning in the chest.

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For more information on Acid Reflux please visit the NHS guide here.

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Acid Reflux Treatments Online

Acid reflux, also known as heartburn, is a common condition that involves the movement of stomach acid up into the chest, which causes an unpleasant and uncomfortable burning in the chest.

You can treat acid reflux online from our UK registered prescribing service.

For more information on Acid Reflux please visit the NHS guide here.

Overview

What is Acid Reflux?

Acid Reflux happens when acid from the stomach moves up your oesophagus. The entrance of your stomach has a ‘valve’; this ‘valve’ is a ring of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Under normal conditions, the LES will close as soon as the food passes through it. If the LES does not close all the way, or if the frequency at which it opens is high then the acid that is produced and secreted into the stomach can make it’s way up your oesophagus. This will lead to symptoms such as burning sensation in the chest and discomfort, this is what is commonly referred to as heartburn. If the acid reflux symptoms occur more than two times a week, you are likely to have acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

 

Causes

What Causes Acid Reflux?

A common cause of acid reflux disease is a stomach abnormality known as a hiatal hernia. This happens when the upper part of the stomach and LES move above the diaphragm. The diaphragm is a large muscle that separates your stomach from the thoracic cavity, which contains the lungs, heart, oesophagus and trachea. The diaphragm helps to keep the acid in your stomach because it contains muscles that stop the food/acid from coming up your oesophagus. If you have a hiatal hernia, acid can move freely up into your oesophagus and cause symptoms associated with acid reflux.

Other common risk factors include those who are obese, as well as those who are pregnant, smokers, those who suffer from stress/anxiety and it can also be a side effect of some medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin.

Large and heavy meals are obviously implicated in causing acid reflux as well as eating 3-4 hours before you go to bed, this is because this food does not have enough time to be processed in the stomach and therefore when you lie down, you are likely to begin to feel the burning sensation in the chest.

Treatments

How Can I Treat Acid Reflux?

Most of the time, acid reflux can be treated by adopting positive lifestyle changes such as eating light meals at appropriate times, losing weight, not smoking and avoiding sugary carbonated drinks as well as other triggers that you may have experienced in the past that cause you to experience acid reflux.

If the lifestyle changes have not had any positive impact  then there are some over the counter preparations available, such as antacids like Rennie or preparations that act as rafting agents by coating aggravated tissues in the stomach and oesophagus to help protect them from the stomach acid,

The most effective type of treatment for acid reflux are the prescription treatments that are available at Cloud Pharmacy. This includes a class of medications known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs). PPIs such as omeprazole and lansoprazole work by inhibiting the production of acid in your stomach all together. Stomach acid production is controlled by three substances in the stomach. The PPI blocks the primary substance that is responsible for acid production and is therefore the final medication that is prescribed when all other avenues fail because this medication is highly effective and has few side-effects.

Symptoms

What Are The Symptoms of Acid Reflux and Heartburn?

Acid reflux will involve stomach acid being regurgitated into your throat and mouth. This regurgitation will commonly lead to a sour-bitter, ‘acidy’ taste at the back of your mouth and throat.

Heartburn differs slightly as it will present as a discomforting burning pain just below your breastbone. This pain can move into the chest and even into the throat. This pain is usually found to be worse after eating, or when bending over or lying down.

If you are only experiencing symptoms a few times a month that can be attributed to food and/or drink then it may not be necessary to see a doctor; self-diagnosis and treatment is likely to be appropriate.

If the symptoms are new in onset or become more severe and frequent and the use of over-the-counter remedies has proven ineffective then it is then recommended to seek medical advice.

Less common symptoms that can be the result of regurgitated stomach acid include:

  • Nausea
  • A persistent cough that worsens at night
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Tooth decay
  • Laryngitis

If you have any of the above symptoms, you should discuss them with your GP first.

FAQ

  • What is Acid Reflux?

    It is the movement of the stomach contents up the oesophagus or gullet. Often causing an uncomfortable or burning sensation behind the breastbone.

    In more serious or left untreated, Stomach contents can be regurgitated into the mouth affecting the teeth, gums and causing bad breath.

    Sometimes the regurgitated fluid can enter the airways and exacerbate or make asthma worse.

  • What causes Acid Reflux?

    The stomach has a small circular piece of muscle at the top, called the cardiac or lower oesophageal sphincter.

    This stops the stomach contents from travelling back up the oesophagus or gullet.

    When this muscle becomes weakened, the stomach contents can travel up and cause symptoms like heartburn, bad breath and the feeling of being sick.

  • Is Acid Reflux common?

    It is very common and 60% of people will have reflux or similar symptoms in a 12-month period.

    In the same period, 20-30% of people will have symptoms on a weekly basis.

  • What are the symptoms of Acid Reflux?

    The movement of acid can give the following symptoms

    • Burning feeling behind the breastbone
    • Feeling sick
    • Being sick
    • Bad breath
    • Tooth and gum problems
    • Worsening of asthma

  • What can make Acid Reflux worse?

    The following can make acid reflux worse.

    • Being overweight or obese
    • Smoking
    • Eating spicy food,
    • Large meal sizes
    • Late night Eating, within 2 hours of going to sleep
    • Alcohol
    • Coffee
    • Chocolate
    • Pregnancy
    • Tight Clothing
    • Certain medicines for blood pressure like Calcium channel blockers, medicines for angina like glyceryl trinitrate and painkillers like ibuprofen, diclofenac and other anti-inflammatory drugs.
    • Stress
    • Genetics

  • How do I choose the correct treatment for Acid Reflux?

    There are different categories of treatment and their uses and explanations are listed below.

    Generally, patients should start with antacids and then make their way down the list if treatment does not control their symptoms.

    1. Antacids – the first line treatment. These help neutralise stomach acid to relieve symptoms. The effects usually last for 2-3 hours. Examples of antacids include Rennie, Enos, Andrews Salts, and Tums. They contain ingredients like calcium carbonate, which neutralizes stomach acid, but too much calcium taken regularly can make acid reflux worse. Only be for occasional or infrequent use.

    2. Alginates – neutralize and form a layer on the top of stomach acid, which prevents upward movement. Are available in tablet and liquid forms. Liquids act quicker but are more inconvenient to carry around. Usually, these last no more than 3-4 hours.
    Alginates are made up of calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate or aluminum salts. Too much calcium taken frequently can cause stomach acid to worsen, so should only be used infrequently. Excessive magnesium salts can cause diarrhoea and too much aluminum salts can cause constipation.
    Always check with pharmacist, as alginates can interact with other medication. Examples include Gaviscon, Gaviscon Advance, and Peptac.

    3. H2 Receptor Antagonists – available as tablets. They reduce the production of stomach acid and were initially introduced on prescription, before being available to buy from pharmacies. They start to work in as little as 30 minutes and their effects can last for up to 12 hours. They are well tolerated and side effects are rare. They can include diarrhoea, tiredness, rashes, and constipation. Examples include Ranitidine, Zantac, Gavilast, Cimetidine, and Pepcid AC.

    4. Proton Pump Inhibitors – or PPIs for short, are the latest medicine for controlling acid reflux and other stomach symptoms. They work by reducing the stomach acid, but are more effective and last longer. Effects can be seen up to 17 hours after the dose is taken. They come in tablet or capsule forms, be should be swallowed whole (Losec Tablets can be crushed if needed). PPIs are very well tolerated, with low incidence of side effects. Usually, unwanted effects include diarrhoea, constipation, drowsiness. Examples include Omeprazole, Lansoprazole, Losec and Esomeprazole.

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