Acid reflux ( acid entering the chest and causing burning discomfort or pain) is a common, chronic
or recurrent condition. Sometimes a specific precipitating factor is identified (e.g. binge of alcohol use or starting a new medication)but often no specific cause is identified. Most gastroenterologists would initially treat empirically with an acid suppression drug (examples include Tagamet, Zantac, Prilosec or Prevacid), assuming that there are no alarm symptoms e.g.