How long does it take for a therapeutic response to treatment for gastroesophageal reflux?

Updated: Mar 14, 2019
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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A therapeutic response to treatment for gastroesophageal reflux may take up to 2 weeks. If treatment is successful, weight increases and vomiting episodes decrease. Recurrent aspiration pneumonia or apnea is cause for decreased length of medical therapy. Note that the so-called prokinetic agents have been omitted from the following drug list. No currently available prokinetic drug (eg, metoclopramide) has been demonstrated to exert a significant influence on the number or frequency of reflux episodes.


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