Q: How can you get rid of a GERD cough?

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GERD is one of the most common causes of chronic cough. GERD cough treatment ranges from lifestyle changes like propping your bed at night to over-the-counter and prescription-strength medications. GERD treatments that may help relieve GERD cough include: 

  • Lifestyle changes and home remedies, such as wearing loose clothing, propping your upper body when sleeping, and avoiding GERD trigger foods and drinks

  • Antacids for mild symptoms

  • H2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to reduce acid production

  • Prokinetic therapy to help the stomach empty faster

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