If you suffer from acid reflux, Oxford Online Pharmacy provides an online consultation with a GMC-registered doctor. Please select your medication and complete the online doctor's questionnaire.
Your medical history will be assessed by our doctor and, if approved, a prescription will be issued. If you already have a private or NHS prescription, you can select the medication specified by your doctor and send your prescription to Oxford Online Pharmacy.
Your medicine will be dispensed and sent discreetly to your chosen address.
Acid reflux is a common condition, particularly amongst adults aged 40 and above.
Acid reflux happens when a muscle a the bottom of your oesophagus (food pipe) called the lower oesophageal sphincter relaxes at the wrong time. This allows stomach acid to travel back up from your stomach into your oesophagus (food pipe) and can result in heartburn and other symptoms. (1)
Heartburn is a burning sensation in the middle of your chest that can be accompanied by an unpleasant sour taste in your mouth. It is caused by stomach acid. (2)
If a person has acid reflux all the time, it could be a condition called gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Typical signs of GERD include:
The most common symptoms are:
You could also have a persistent cough, bad breath, bloating or nausea.
Symptoms are frequently worse after eating, lying down or bending over.
Acid reflux is caused when the lower oesophageal sphincter opens to let food move into the stomach but either doesn't close properly or is loose. This means that acid can splash up from the stomach into the oesophagus (food pipe).
Most people will get heartburn at some point, often without a clear reason why.
Acid reflux can be caused or made worse by:
You can start by making changes to your diet and seeing if that helps. Most people respond well to medication, but symptoms may return quite quickly once it is stopped. If this happens you may need to return to medication. In some instances, you may need to take medication on a long-term basis.
Drinking non-fizzy drinks like water, herbal teas and low-fat milk may ease symptoms of acid reflux.
You should try to avoid acidic drinks like alcohol, citrus fruit juices and as they can make acid reflux worse.
Changing your diet to ease the symptoms of acid reflux should help, but may not work completely. In this case, there are medicines that reduce the amount of acid the stomach makes. This can relieve the symptoms of acid reflux.
At Oxford Online Pharmacy we have a wide variety of acid reflux treatments which can be used at home to help control symptoms.
Medicines that can help acid reflux include:
You can purchase the lowest dose of Esomeprazole 20mg Capsule, under the name Nexium Control and Omeprazole 20mg tablets, under the brand name Pyrocalm Control without needing a prescription from Oxford Online Pharmacy.
Pyrocalm Control and Nexium Control are similar medicines and should not be used together, only one or the other.
Occasional acid reflux does not usually lead to long term problems.
If regular or constant acid reflux goes untreated, it can result in conditions like oesophagitis (a constantly irritated and sore oesophagus/food pipe) or stomach ulcers.
Individuals experiencing recurrent acid reflux also face a slightly higher risk of developing oesophageal cancer.
Treatment for acid reflux can reduce discomfort and the risk of developing severe complications.
Mild acid reflux caused by spicy or acidic foods normally lasts until the food is digested. If you bend over or lie down, your heartburn symptoms may return several hours later.
Acid reflux that responds to at-home treatment is usually nothing to be concerned about.
If you get acid reflux several times each week or more, it could be a sign of an underlying illness and you should see your doctor. In this instance, you will probably experience acid reflux until the cause is found and managed.
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