H2 Histamine Blockers hinder acid production by blocking or antagonizing the actions of histamine, a chemical found in the body that encourages acid secretion in the stomach. Generally, they take about 30 to 90 minutes to take effect, but the benefits will last many hours afterward. They are usually taken at bedtime and are available over the counter.
The newest buzz is that researchers have found that it is possible that GERD is due to an immune response more so than the acid itself. Two researchers, Spechler and Souza, found that the acid causes the cells in the esophagus to release chemicals which attract cells that cause inflammation to the esophagus and that these cells then cause the…