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How do I manage my heartburn or GERD on a daily basis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

In order to manage your gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn on a daily basis, you can make some lifestyle changes, such as changing your diet, altering your sleep habits and quitting smoking if you are a smoker. Try avoiding spicy, acidic and fried foods, which tend to trigger heartburn in some people. Cutting down on your consumption of alcohol and caffeinated drinks can help too. If you are overweight, consider trying to lose weight. Be sure you wait at least three hours after eating before you go to bed. Try elevating the head of your bed by about six inches with wooden blocks or using another method. If your doctor recommends it, you can also treat your GERD and heartburn symptoms with over-the-counter medications or, if your doctor thinks it's necessary, with prescription drugs.

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