Let’s talk about Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Medication

For the masses a get out and about holiday dinner or a night out in the city with family and friends sounds like the most perfect dinner idea but for the many people living with acid reflux disease, it sounds more like an invitation to a disaster.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD is a medical condition that results in symptoms like heartburn, bad breath, acid in the back of the mouth, chest pain, breathing problems and tooth problems. It is a chronic condition when the stomach’s acidic contents flow up into the oesophagus. There are simple changes that patients can make to their eating habits and lifestyle to get away with this problem. But all this might help patients who suffer occasionally, for patients suffering from acid reflux often, strict and proper medical treatment is required.

To treat GERD, best over-the-counter medicine for indigestion should be opted. Tums, Maalox, Rolaids and Mylanta have proven to be the best over-the-counter medicine for indigestion when used individually by patients; they help in neutralising stomach acidity and assist as a fast- acting relief in mild cases of acid reflux. However the safest acid reflux medicine is still not unanimously decided. Some antacids are manufactured in liquid form that help in coating the lining of the oesophagus and thus assists in reducing the amount of acid in the stomach, any medicine from this category can be one of the safest acid reflux medicine as coating the oesophagus is probably the safest way to get away with acidity. However they cannot be declared as the best medicine for acidity because they are unable to reduce the inflammation in the oesophagus. Though there is no specific medication known to be the best medicine for acidity, still most patients tend to use over-the-counter medicines for indigestion.

Antacids however come close to being the best medicine for acidity as they are best for immediate relief, probably after a big-fat family dinner, the reason being that the effectiveness of antacids is temporary in nature as they last as long as they are present in the system. But antacids should be used with great care as an overuse of them might cause constipation, diarrhoea, etc. Thus a good doctor should be consulted and the acid reflux treatment most suitable for the patient must be opted.

About Vikas Singh

Vikas Singh has completed his MSc in biotechnology & MBA in healthcare management. He worked in the biotech industry for drug research, genomics and proteomics. As MBA he has worked with the healthcare industry. He is a certified lean six sigma green belts professional and specialised in the areas of Manufacturing, Quality, R&D, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs.

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