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Gagging can be caused by significant acid reflux. There are other causes too like;
1) Hiatal hernia
3) Pharyngeal diverticulum
If this has been going on for long, you may need following investigations:
1) Upper GI endoscopy.
2) Barium esophagogram.
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A bitter taste or sour taste further indicates a diagnosis of acid reflux, which is also called as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is treated as following;
1) antacids; Maalox
2) acid blocker; Prilosec
3) loosing weight, if overweight.
4) avoiding alcohol, citrus fruits and juices, chocolate, and tomato based products
5) avoiding large meals. Eat 5 small meals in a day.
6) wait three hours after the meal before you sleep.
7) elevate head end of the bed by 8 inches.
Pharyngeal diverticulum, esophageal diverticulum, narrowing of esophagus, hiatal hernia, achalasia cardia are other causes but are far uncommon than acid reflux.
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