How long does it take for acid reflux to go away?

I started suffering from the symptoms of acid reflux the week after Thanksgiving. On December 21, I went to a doctor and he gave me Prevacid. I’ve been taking that since then. I started feeling much better about a week after I started taking the medication, but my symptoms are not all the way gone. Sometimes I still feel like I have a lump at the back of my throat and I have to burp a lot. Occasionally I’m slightly nauseous. How long does it typically take to recover from acid reflux, or do you recover at all? And when I run out of medication, should I be fine by then or will I need more? I have enough for about a month and a half. I do plan on going back for a check up at the end of this month as well, as my doctor asked me to.

Best Answer: I hope your doctor suggested diet changes as well as medication. Avoid anything spicy, deep fried, caffeine, chocolate, peppermint, orange juice, pineapple juice, and tomato sauces. Also try eating smaller meals so you don't distend or stretch your stomach out too much at one time. Don't lay down right after eating and try sleeping with your upper body slightly elevated. If you smoke, quit and avoid alcohol. In regard to the Prevacid some people take it for many years. You can be on the medication for long term therapy. Generally four to six weeks are needed to have the full effect of the medication. At your follow up if your symptoms are not completely resolved ask about increasing the dosing or frequency of the Prevacid and possibly a referral to a GI or gastroenterologist.

2 Comments on "How long does it take for acid reflux to go away?"

  1. As a acid reflux sufferer I understand what you are going through. It depends on your diet. The longer you eat junk/fast food/spicy foods will continue your symptons. Using the medication helps the symptons but only to a degree. I would suggest only eating food that won’t upset your stomach. I usually stay away from milk, and every thing else I listed before.

    I sometimes have my symptons for about 2 weeks, but when I first got diagnosed with acid reflux it was about a month of suffering before it died down.

    Just eat healthy and stay away from bad foods, and it will eventually die down.

    Good luck!

  2. I hope your doctor suggested diet changes as well as medication. Avoid anything spicy, deep fried, caffeine, chocolate, peppermint, orange juice, pineapple juice, and tomato sauces. Also try eating smaller meals so you don’t distend or stretch your stomach out too much at one time. Don’t lay down right after eating and try sleeping with your upper body slightly elevated. If you smoke, quit and avoid alcohol.
    In regard to the Prevacid some people take it for many years. You can be on the medication for long term therapy. Generally four to six weeks are needed to have the full effect of the medication. At your follow up if your symptoms are not completely resolved ask about increasing the dosing or frequency of the Prevacid and possibly a referral to a GI or gastroenterologist.

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