What Do Your Acid Reflux Medications Do?

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Question 1 of 5

These drugs are often first recommended by doctors to relieve heartburn.  They use three basic salts; magnesium, calcium and aluminum, with hydroxide or bicarbonate ions to neutralize the acid in your stomach.  They are also used as a supplemental source of calcium.

  • AProkinetics
  • BH2 Blockers
  • CAntacids

Question 2 of 5

These drugs coat your stomach with foam to prevent and ease reflux.

  • AProton Pump Inhibitors
  • BAntacids
  • CFoaming Agents

Question 3 of 5

These medications decrease acid production overall and are available by prescription or over-the-counter. They provide only temoporary relief and are effective for about half of GERD patients.

  • AProton Pump Inhibitors
  • BFoaming Agents
  • CH2 Blockers

Question 4 of 5

These drugs also halt stomach acid pump production and are more effective than H2 blockers.  They can relieve symptoms and heal the esophageal lining in almost all GERD patients.

  • AAntacids
  • BProton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
  • CFoaming Agents

Question 5 of 5

These drugs strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and make the stomach empty faster, but often come with side effects that limit their usefulness.

  • AProkinetics
  • BH2 Blockers
  • CPPIs