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Symptoms of acid reflux and/or
It’s OK, help is at hand, or should we say Eno is!
Whether you have acid reflux, heartburn or GERD, you’ll be happy to know that there are a number of things you can do to stop or reduce the symptoms and help prevent them from occurring again.
Most doctors recommend trying some changes to your lifestyle as the first step.1-4 It’s generally best to try a couple of changes at a time so you can see which ones work and which ones don’t.
You might already have a good idea of something that might trigger your symptoms – if you do, changing that is obviously the best place to start.
ANTACIDS CAN ALSO HELP
As well as making some changes to your lifestyle, medications can be very helpful to manage the symptoms of acid reflux, heartburn or GERD.
There are three main types of medications to treat acidity symptoms:1
- Antacids – like Eno, these work by neutralising the acid in your stomach (gastric acid). It’s usually recommended to try an antacid before other medications because they’re readily available from pharmacies and they tend to provide relief very quickly.1,5.
- H2-receptor antagonists (H2RAs) – These are designed to reduce the amount of gastric acid you produce. They don’t work as quickly as antacids, but the effects may last longer.1,5
- Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) – These work in a similar way to H2RAs, but they are more powerful and therefore may be more effective if your symptoms are more severe.1,5
You should speak to your doctor if your symptoms persist despite the use of over-the-counter medications such as antacids.
Where to find out more
Now that you understand the differences between acid reflux, heartburn and GERD, as well as ways to get relief from them, we hope they won’t be bothering you as much.
If you do decide to try an antacid, ENO may be a good option as it works fast and it’s convenient to use. You can learn more about ENO here.
Please remember to see your doctor if you have persistent or particularly severe symptoms, or if there’s anything you’re not sure about.
- WGO Handbook on Heartburn: A Global Perspective. World Gastroenterology Organisation 2015. Retrieved from http://www.worldgastroenterology.org/UserFiles/file/WDHD-2015-handbook-final.pdf
- PubMed Health. Heartburn and GERD: Overview. Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, November 2015. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0072438/
- Sandhu DS, Fass R. Current trends in the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Gut and Liver 2018; 12 (1): 7–16.
- Dyspepsia and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: investigation and management of dyspepsia, symptoms suggestive of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, or both. Clinical Guideline, September 2014. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (UK).
- Lab studies (data on file) comparing ENO Fruit Salt ENO powder to market leaders in liquid/tablet antacid category for ascertaining time to acid neutralisation