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How much will GERD treatment help me?

Once you begin receiving treatment for GERD, you can expect:

  • to have less frequent symptoms or have your symptoms disappear completely
  • to prevent damage to your esophagus
  • to heal the damage to your esophagus reflux caused, or at least control it so it doesn't get worse

Don't ignore symptoms. There are effective treatments. Left untreated, GERD can lead to more serious problems, including:

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  • inflammation of the esophagus, called esophagitis
  • damage to the lining of the esophagus, called esophageal strictures
  • a condition in which the esophagus forms a new lining, called Barrett's esophagus
  • asthma
  • breathing problems
  • cough or sore throat
  • dental problems
  • laryngitis, or irritation of the voice box, that leads to pain and difficulty speaking
  • pneumonia
  • sleeping problems

 

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