If you experience these symptoms of GERD, please consult your physician, because the treatment for this disease is more complex than the treatment for occasional heartburn and will likely involve prescription medicines. If you only experience heartburn infrequently, usually after specific triggers, and you don’t experience the other symptoms of GERD, it is likely that you are just experiencing bouts of heartburn.
Frequent, severe symptoms may be a sign of a more serious problem. And they could get worse over time if left untreated.
However, please consult your physician if you have any questions or concerns. If you use an OTC medication more than twice a week for your GERD, or if your symptoms don’t improve with treatment, call your doctor.
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In these cases, you may need a prescription medication.