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Review Of Modern Oral Medications Used For Treating GERD

Author : Neil Picarder


Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), is a condition, which is a result of the flow of gastric acid into the esophagus. The signs and problems may vary from one sufferer to another plus they're different in kids and grown people, but if the ailment is left untreated, it may result in further and severe problems. In grown people, acid reflux leads to trouble swallowing, increased salivation, chest pain, regurgitation, heartburn and nausea. Sufferers could go through some or all of these problems and could suffer injury of the esophagus, which may involve esophageal strictures, esophageal adenocarcinoma and reflux esophagitis.

GERD is treated with proton pipe inhibitors such as generic Prevacid, antacids, gastric H2 receptor blockers, mospride, alginic acid, sucralfate and others. Moreover, lifestyle changes are also recommended and the majority of sufferers could benefit from losing weight, elevating their head and avoid eating two hours before going to bed. From all the prescribed medications, generic Prevacid is one of the best performing and the Prevacid 30mg dose is the one, which is typically recommended in treatments of EE. In therapies of symptomatic Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease, the Prevacid 15 mg dosage is the most commonly approved and in both instances, the therapy may last for up to eight weeks.

When taking generic Prevacid or other PPIs, you need to be mindful of the possible brief and long-term adverse reactions. The warning, which the company issues, comprise the possibilities of osteoporosis-related fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine linked to long-term multiple daily PPI dose. When it comes to frequent side effects, the most common complaints are of diarrhea, abdominal pain, constipation and nausea, but major side effects are probable as well, although rare. The Prevacid tablets are not suggested for individuals, who are hypersensitive to the main active ingredient (Lansoprazole) or some of the non-active elements.

The medicine is a Pregnancy Category B and it should be administered to pregnant women only if definitely required. Clinical tests have demonstrated that the medication is excreted in the milk of the examined animals and it consequently might be excreted in the human milk also. This needs extreme caution when prescribing generic Prevacid to breastfeeding mothers and most doctors would suggest the patient to cease using the medication or stop the nursing.

When it comes to the factors behind GERD, the problem is caused by relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Hiatal hernia, pregnancy, smoking, alcohol use, and weight problems have been linked to GERD as well. Most medical professionals assume that the treatment has to include not only usage of drugs like generic Prevacid, but changes in lifestyle as well. These changes in lifestyle may consist of the elimination of garlic, citrus fruits, tobacco, tomato-based sauces and food, chocolate, onion, mint flavorings and spicy food. Nonetheless, the latest medical studies have established that weight loss, head elevation, and not eating a couple of hours before sleeping were the only lifestyle changes, which had strong impact on the patients.

For proper diagnosis, esophageal pH monitoring is the most precise test, but barium swallow X-rays, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) and ambulatory Esophageal pH Monitoring are used also. Once the sufferers have been correctly diagnosed, then they are recommended medications like Prevacid which may help ease the symptoms and signs.


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