Promote upward flow of stomach contents.
Antacids such as Maalox, Mylanta, Tums and others help neutralize stomach acids temporarily. Over-the-counter histamine (H-2) blockers such as Pepcid AC, Tagamet HB, Zantac 75 and others reduce stomach acid production, which may relieve or prevent symptoms when taken before a meal. Nevertheless, overuse of antacids or H-2 blockers can cause side effects.
Wait two to three hours after eating before lying down. This
Allows enough time for increased stomach acid produced after
a meal to taper off and for the stomach to empty from that meal.
The nicotine from cigarettes can relax your lower esophageal
Sphincter, allowing acid to flow back into your esophagus.
Slimming down if you are overweight helps reduce the pressure your abdomen puts on your stomach when you are lying down.
A tight belt or waistband can put pressure on your stomach and push acid into your esophagus, causing discomfort.
Raise the head of your bed four to six inches. This helps keep stomach acid in your stomach, where it belongs.