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Anti-acid medication

People with Barrett's oesophagus are advised to take regular anti-acid medication. Research has suggested that taking anti-acid medication may reduce the risk of change from 'normal' Barrett's oesophagus to pre-cancerous dysplasia or cancer itself. Therefore, we advise taking anti-acid medication even if you do not have symptoms of acid reflux.

The most commonly used drugs to lower acid levels are called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs). These include omeprazole and lansoprazole, amongst others. These types of drugs are some of the most widely used in the NHS because symptoms of acid reflux are so common.

Lifestyle changes

Being overweight or obese is associated with reflux, Barrett's oesophagus and oesophageal cancer. It is therefore important to lose weight if you are overweight or obese.

Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are also associated with acid reflux. Stopping smoking and avoiding alcohol will help control any symptoms and reduce the level of acid going back up into the oesophagus.

Adopting these changes will also have an important beneficial effect on your overall health.