Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hiatal Hernia Home Care

Home care for hiatal hernia includes:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Weight loss if you are overweight
  • Avoid food that triggers heartburn.
  • Avoid lying on your back after a meal.
  • Do not eat within 2 hours of lying down.
  • Elevate the head of your bed.
  • Sleep on your left side.
  • Acetaminophen for pain
  • Take nonprescription acid blocker:
  • Take antacids:
  • Take your prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Avoid running out of your medication. Refill your prescriptions early.
    • Don't stop taking your medication just because you feel better.
    • If you feel worse, talk to your doctor before you stop your medication.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
    • Do not stop prescription medications without talking to your doctor.
  • Learn everything you can about hiatal hernia:
    • The more you know about your condition, the easier it will be to participate with your doctor in making treatment decisions.
    • Ask your doctor about good sources for information.
    • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

Hiatal Hernia Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have a hiatal hernia and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Mar 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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