OTC Treatments for GERD Sore Throat
To treat a GERD sore throat the underlying cause of the sore throat must be addressed first. Simply soothing the sore throat won't prevent acid reflux, which will cause recurrence of symptoms. GERD symptoms must be treated along with the sore throat.
OTC medications for GERD may be helpful in preventing acid reflux. There are three types of OTC medications available for GERD: antacids, proton pump inhibitors (or PPI's) and H-2 receptor blockers. Antacids and H-2 receptor blockers can be used to neutralize stomach acids for instant relief of infrequent acid reflux. A GERD sore throat, however, is indicative of frequent reflux, which would require a medication to help heal the damage to the esophagus. PPI's are the best medications to heal the damaged tissues of the esophagus. PPI's, such as Prilosec and Prevacid, are available over-the-counter and in prescription strength. Consult your physician for the best OTC treatment regimen for your GERD.
In addition to treating GERD symptoms, OTC treatments for a sore throat should be used. Throat lozenges, sprays and gargle solutions can be purchased at a local pharmacy to soothe irritation of the throat. Drink plenty of fluids and try sucking on hard candies to increase saliva production.
If OTC treatments for GERD and GERD sore throat do not alleviate symptoms (or if symptoms are persistent) a physician should be consulted.