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How can acidity be treated?

Q: I am a 55 years old man, weigh 97 kg and am 173 cm tall. For the last one month, I have severe acidity problem due to which I am unable to sleep at night. I experience chest pain and irritation in the food pipe. I used to go for night walk daily for an hour or so but due to uneasiness and tiredness after work, I have left it. I have consulted a doctor who has prescribed these medicines - Parit, Rantac, Beplex forte and Unienzyme. Am I on the right medication? Is there any permanent cure to acidity?

A:It sounds like you have a condition called GERD (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease), which means that acid from your stomach is backing up into your food pipe (oesophagus). Please take the following steps:

  1. Take Omeprazole 20 mg in morning before breakfast on an empty stomach.
  2. Lose weight as you are overweight
  3. Avoid heavy meals
  4. Avoid going to bed for at least 2 hours after a meal.
  5. You can stop all the other medications.

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