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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Manpreet Kaur, MD [2] Amresh Kumar MD [3]


According to the American College of Gastroenterology, the patients with Barrett's esophagus are treated with both lifestyle changes and medications. The lifestyle changes includes avoiding dietary fat, chocolate, caffeine, peppermint, alcohol, tobacco, avoiding lying down after meals, losing weight, sleeping with the head of the bed elevated and taking all medications with plenty of water. The medications used to treat Barrett's esophagus are H2-receptor antagonists, Proton pump inhibitor and photosensitizers.

Medical Therapy

According to the American College of Gastroenterology, indication for the medical therapy in Barrett's esophagus patients are:[1][2]

  • Patients with BE should receive once-daily PPI therapy. Routine use of twice-daily dosing is not recommended unless necessitated because of poor control of reflux symptoms or esophagitis.
  • Aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should not be routinely prescribed to patients with BE as an antineoplastic strategy. Similarly, other putative chemopreventive agents currently lack sufficient evidence and should not be administered routinely.

Lifestyle changes include:

Medications to relieve symptoms and control gastroesophageal reflux include:


  1. "Diagnosis and Management of Barrett's Esophagus | American College of Gastroenterology".
  2. Amano Y, Kinoshita Y (2008). "Barrett esophagus: perspectives on its diagnosis and management in asian populations". Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 4 (1): 45–53. PMC 3394474. PMID 22798736.

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