After daily heartburn and mild acid reflux (for about a year now), my doc had me go in for a barium swallow. All is normal and doc says it's GERD. I'm starting off with other the counter drugs. They work, but I have some questions since doctors tend to rely too much on what their sales reps say. First, I've heard lots of bad things about proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec, Nexium, etc.. (which is what doc recommended.) So instead I'm trying H2 blockers (Maximum Strength Pepcid AC) and that seems to work pretty well. I take it once daily with good results. Question: How long should I take Pepcid on a daily basis? Is it safe to take long term? How long have some of you taken H2 blockers for? Also, are there any other treatments out there that have been successful for you? (Other medicines, home treatments, etc..) Thanks so much for your feedback!