Acid reflux is an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous condition that can result from too much acid in the stomach and a faulty sphincter in the lower end of the esophagus allowing that acid to rise. Acid reflux is very common and affects millions of Americans. Because of its commonplace nature, there are many medications designed to treat it, both over the counter and prescription.
Recently, a popular medication available in both forms was recalled. It’s called Zantac, and its generic equivalents are called ranitidine. It was recalled after it was discovered that it contained small traces of a contaminant called NDMA that’s linked to the development of certain types of cancer. Now, Zantac and ranitidine are pulled from virtually all supermarket and pharmacy shelves.
If you or someone you love used ranitidine and are looking for alternatives for treating acid reflux, consider these options:
- Dietary changes—The most effective way to treat acid reflux is by changing your diet. Certain foods are more likely to trigger it, including coffee, alcohol, spicy foods, and more.
- Calcium carbonate—Calcium carbonate tablets help control acid production with minimal side effects.
- Don’t eat before bedtime—Acid reflux is often worse for many people when they lay down or during the middle of the night. That’s often due to laying down, which allows acid to rise in the esophagus. To control acid reflux, have your last meal at least three to four hours before bedtime.