If you have been using nonprescription medicines to treat your symptoms for longer than 2 weeks, talk to your doctor. If you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the stomach acid could be causing damage to your esophagus. Your doctor can help you find the right treatment. Making lifestyle changes is still an important part of the treatment of GERD when you are using medicine.
Antacids, H2 blockers, and proton pump inhibitors-either prescription or nonprescription-are usually tried first. Medicines can:
Relieve symptoms (heartburn, sour taste, or pain). Allow the esophagus to heal. Prevent complications of GERD.