Managing Acid Reflux

(Reflux Pharyngitis & Laryngitis)

Acid Reflux is a common condition in which stomach acid intermittently escapes into the throat and voice box (larynx) causing many and varied symptoms due to irritation and inflammation of the delicate mucous membranes.

  1. Eat smaller, more frequent meals, and do NOT eat within 2 hours of your bedtime.
  2. Elevate the head of your bed 6-8 inches by placing blocks or books securely under the legs at that end.
  3. Avoid: fatty food, caffeine (including coffee, tea, caffeine-containing sodas), alcohol and beverages high in acid (orange and other citrus juices).
  4. Carbonated beverages aggravate acid reflux. Reduce your intake.
  5. Quit smoking if you do, and don’t start if you don’t.
  6. Avoid tight binding clothing, and unnecessary bending or straining.
  7. Stress may be the most important underlying cause of acid reflux. Do what you can to reduce stress.
  8. Medications may be prescribed to reduce acid production. Acid reflux can be effectively controlled by altering your lifestyle and proper use of medications. Zantac® 75, Prilosec® OTC, and Pepcid® AC are less expensive acid reducers that can be substituted for prescription medication, but only after discussing this with your doctor.
  9. Antacids (Maalox®, Mylanta®, Gaviscon®, etc.) will provide fast, but temporary relief of heartburn and acid indigestion. Generally, liquid forms work better than tablets. They may be used in addition to prescription acid reducing medicine.
  10. Follow up with your doctor if symptoms continue beyond one month despite these measures.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact our office at (937) 325-8796 or toll-free at 1-800-325-8796