Treatment for laryngopharyngeal reflux, which is essentially acid reflux with a cough, focuses initially on lifestyle changes including losing weight, avoiding alcohol, chewing gum to increase saliva, avoiding tight-fitting clothing and quitting smoking, according to WebMD. Treatment for children includes small meals and staying upright for 30 minutes after eating.
Laryngopharyngeal reflux is also sometimes treated with medication, starting with antacids to neutralize acid, explains WebMD. Doctors may also prescribe proton pump inhibitors or H2 blockers to reduce the production of gastric acid and sucralfate to protect mucous membranes. In addition, in rarer cases, prokinetic medications are prescribed to put pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter.