Gastroesophageal reflux disease (or GERD, for short) is what happens when liquids and food in your stomach go the wrong way, or back up into your throat. When this happens, the foods and liquids can irritate your throat.

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Sometimes GERD can cause problems in your throat. It can make you feel like you have a lump in your throat or like you always have to clear your throat. It can also cause hoarseness. You might be more hoarse when you first get up in the morning.

Medicines can help stop the food and liquids from going back up into your throat. But you also have to make changes in your diet and your lifestyle.

One kind of medicine that helps includes cimetidine (brand name: Tagamet), ranitidine (brand name: Zantac), famotidine (brand name: Pepcid) and nizatidine (brand name: Axid). You take this medicine two times a day.

This answer originally appeared on this Quora question on Acid Reflux.

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