Medications for GERD
If you have been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), your healthcare provider may need to prescribe certain drugs to lower the amount of acid your stomach produces. Other GERD medications help the lower esophageal sphincter to contract more, closing off the opening between the esophagus and the stomach. Some drugs are available over-the-counter (OTC), while others are available by prescription only.
There are five main classes of GERD medications:
Occasionally, GERD can actually be caused by a medication you are already taking. In these cases, you may be able to stop taking the medication. However, this depends on what the product is and why you are taking it. For these reasons, the decision to stop taking a medicine should be discussed with your healthcare provider first.
(Click Medication for GERD for more information on the different products used to treat this condition, including how they work.)