5. Over-the-Counter GERD Treatments
In cases where gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is not as serious—meaning it does not disrupt the daily functioning of the patient—doctors may prescribe over the counter medications.
This often includes antacids that are designed to neutralize stomach acid and prevent it from causing serious irritation of the lining of the esophagus. Examples include Maalox, Mylanta, Gaviscon and Tums. However, these over the counter medications are designed to provide only temporary relief. Should the patient continue to struggle with GERD, they may need to try prescription drugs.