Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Acid Reflux Treatment
You have asked to review a more potent treatment for GERD.
If you have daily or prolonged symptoms, you can benefit from over-the-counter or prescription medicines on our second step. Step 2 medicines both relieve and prevent symptoms. Use Step 2 drugs either on an as-needed basis, daily, or twice daily depending on your need. These medicines bring fairly fast relief, although they do not work as quickly as the Step 1 antacids.
Step 2: Drugs for GERD
Acid blockers of medium potency
These medications, called "H2 blockers", are available over-the-counter or in higher dose by prescription. They reduce the production of acid by the stomach. Examples include famotidine (Pepcid), ranitidine (Zantac), and cimetidine (Tagamet). Some people, particularly older individuals, may experience side effects of mild fatigue, confusion or memory loss.