Frequently Asked Questions
Acid Reflux (commonly referred to as heartburn) is a common condition which is caused by acid travelling up the oesophagus, causing pain and discomfort.
The most common triggers for acid reflux are:
- coffee, alcohol, chocolate, fatty and spicy foods
- being overweight or obese
- being pregnant
- NSAID painkillers (ex. ibuprofen, naproxen etc.)
- eat smaller meals more frequently
- raise the head end of your bed 10 to 20cm to help prevent stomach acid travelling up
- if you’re overweight, try to lose weight
- reduce stress
- reduce your alcohol intake
- stop smoking
- cut down on caffeine
There is a wide range of medication on the market used to treat acid reflux.
You should start with simple antacid medication from your Pharmacy. If this is ineffective stronger tablets are available on prescription.
See our Acid Reflux treatments page for all our treatment options. Simply choose a treatment and one of our experienced GPs will make sure this is safe for you to take.
As with all medication, there is always a possibility of side effects. These vary from one person to another.
The most common side effect of acid reflux medication is diarrhoea and stomach upset. This is often temporary and goes away with time. Long term use of acid reflux medication should be avoided and your regular GP should be made aware you are using this, as with all medication.