Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you experience esophageal spasms only occasionally, you may not need treatment. Your doctor may recommend avoiding food or situations that trigger your esophageal spasms.

If your esophageal spasms make it difficult to eat or drink, your doctor may recommend:

  • Managing any underlying conditions, such as heartburn, GERD, anxiety or depression. Treating these conditions may lessen the likelihood of esophageal spasm symptoms.
  • Medications to relax your swallowing muscles, which can reduce the severity of contractions.
  • Surgery is sometimes recommended to treat acid reflux that doesn't respond to medication, or to cut the muscle at the lower end of the esophagus, which can weaken esophageal contractions.
Oct. 19, 2012