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February 16, 2015

Have You Heard Melatonin May Help Relieve GERD?

There are more than 60 million Americans who reportedly experience acid reflux and/or chronic heartburn at least once per month. More than 25 million have been diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD. Are you one of those who suffer with GERD?

If you are hesitant to use the prescription medications called Proton pump inhibitors or PPIs, you may find relief by using over-the-counter antacids. And/or, some life style changes may be beneficial. Those recommendations include: Elevating the head of the bed, weight loss (when applicable), avoiding meals two to three hours before bedtime, and avoiding (completely) food triggers such as fatty or spicy foods, caffeine, coffee, alcohol, and carbonated beverages.

A well known supplement has also been mentioned as an aid in relief of GERD. It is Melatonin. It seems to play a role in protecting the GI tract against mucosal damage. It might also increase lower esophageal sphincter tone and esophageal pH.

Patients who participated in the studies were given 3 mg once daily, at bedtime. Many people who take Melatonin - for whatever reason - report Melatonin tends to make them sleepy and, thus, it is generally recommended to be taken at bedtime.

Melatonin Time Release, 3mgAgain, the studies of melatonin's use to treat GERD are still considered to be "incomplete", at this time. As always, we recommend that you consult with your health care provider before taking any medications or supplements.

If you do find that melatonin relieves your gastroesophageal reflux, we have it in stock. Please visit our store to select the dosage and supplier that is just right for you.

It is our hope that you will continue to contact us for any and all of your pharmaceutical needs.

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