Ilyas Memon, MD

Treatment Options For Acid Reflux

Apr 16, 2021

There are many ways in which you can control your acid reflux so it doesn’t control you. 

There are many ways in which you can control your acid reflux so it doesn’t control you. 

Does the thought of sitting down to a spicy meal have your chest burning already? Do you hate that going out to dinner has become a battle of what you can and can’t eat? This is all too common for people with acid reflux. Wondering how to get your acid reflux under control? Our Conroe, and The Woodlands, TX, gastroenterologist, Dr. Ilyas Memon, can provide you with the acid reflux treatment you need if home care isn’t enough.

Simple Lifestyle Changes and Home Care

If your acid reflux is mild, then you may be able to improve your symptoms by changing certain habits. You can reduce acid reflux by:

  • Removing caffeine and alcohol from your diet
  • Quitting smoking
  • Avoiding acidic, greasy, and spicy foods
  • Eating smaller meals
  • Not lying down immediately after eating
  • Avoiding clothes that are tight around the middle
  • Avoiding eating for at least 2-3 hours before bedtime

You may also want to try an over-the-counter antacid, which can ease the occasional symptoms of acid reflux. However, if these changes aren’t providing you with relief, then it’s time to turn to our Conroe, and The Woodlands, TX, GI team for acid reflux treatment. If you notice severe acid reflux, trouble swallowing, or a chronic sore throat, it’s imperative that you see us as soon as possible for an evaluation.

Professional Acid Reflux Treatment 

There are a variety of prescription medications that can be used to address acid reflux, from histamine antagonists to proton pump inhibitors. Based on the symptoms you are experiencing we will determine which kind of prescription medication will best manage your symptoms. You may notice relief with medication in as little as 2-3 days, but it can take up to four weeks to see the full effects. We will continue to monitor your progress while on any new medications to make sure that they are working properly.

If medication still isn’t cutting it, then Dr. Memon may recommend surgery. There are several kinds of surgeries that are used to treat acid reflux. The type and extent of the esophageal damage will determine which surgery is right for you.

If you aren’t sure your at-home acid reflux treatment is doing the trick, then it’s time you turned to our gastroenterologist Dr. Memon in Conroe, and The Woodlands, TX for answers. Call us at (281) 764-9500 to schedule an appointment.