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Acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion (GORD)

Heartburn (also called indigestion or gastroesophageal reflux) is very common – most people have it every now and then. It can be caused by some foods and drinks, eating a large meal, lying down after eating, and stress.

Regular heartburn, called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD), can cause other health problems if it continues for a long time. Talk to your doctor about this.

Reflux can be caused by being overweight, smoking, pregnancy, having a hiatus hernia, and some medicines.

Medicines commonly prescribed to treat acid reflux include omeprazole, pantoprazole, and ranitidine.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by GP liaison, Gastroenterology, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed July 2017.

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H. pylori

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