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How will I know if the GERD treatment is working?

Setting goals for treatment helps you judge if it is successful. The overall goals for GERD therapy are:

  • to reduce or end GERD symptoms
  • to heal any damage that reflux caused to the tissues lining the esophagus
  • to manage or prevent any conditions that can arise as GERD gets worse - for example, Barrett's esophagus
  • to keep symptoms from returning

In general, once you begin treatment, your symptoms should become less frequent and less severe within 8 to 12 weeks. If you don't notice any change, tell your doctor.

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Remember, if the first treatment you and your doctor choose doesn't work, it can be changed. There are many effective treatments available.

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