Reflux laryngitis is inflammation of the voice box (larynx).
The most common symptom of reflux laryngitis is heartburn. Other associated symptoms can include difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, cough, throat clearing, vocal cord spasms, and the feeling of a foreign body stuck in the throat. Symptoms of asthma or sinusitis may also develop.
Causes of reflux laryngitis
Stomach acid backing up (reflux) into the esophagus (also known as acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD) causes reflux laryngitis. The cause of the reflux of stomach acid is complex and is not fully understood. Many conditions can increase the risk of acid reflux, including lower esophageal sphincter abnormalities, abnormal motility of the esophagus, hiatal hernias, obesity, and slow or prolonged emptying of the stomach.
Other reflux laryngitis symptoms and signs
- Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)
- Feeling of Something Stuck in the Throat
- Postnasal Drip
- Throat Clearing
- Vocal Cord Spasms
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Examples of Medications for Reflux Laryngitis Symptoms and Signs
- Alka-Seltzer (sodium bicarbonate)
- aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, simethicone antacids
- aluminum hydroxide/magnesium trisilicate
- calcium carbonate (Caltrate 600, Os-Cal 500, Tums)
- cimetidine, Tagamet HB
- famotidine (Pepcid AC)
- lansoprazole (Heartburn Relief 24 Hour, Heartburn Treatment 24 Hour, Prevacid 24)
- metoclopramide, Reglan, Metozolv ODT, (Reglan ODT, Octamide, and Maxolon
- nizatidine (Axid, Axid AR)
- Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
- Protonix IV (pantoprazole sodium)
- Zantac 360 (famotidine)
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