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Home - Acid Reflux
Omeprazole 20mg Capsules
Omeprazole is PPI type medicine licensed for use in acid reflux. All PPIs work by reducing the quantity of stomach acid produced thus preventing the uncomfortable symptoms of reflux such as heartburn and indigestion. Omeprazole is  Read More
Lansoprazole 15mg Capsules
Lansoprazole is an effective medicine licensed for use in acid reflux. It belongs to the group of medicines known as PPIs. PPIs work by reducing the amount of acid produced by the stomach and as a  Read More
Esomeprazole 20mg (Generic NEXIUM)
Esomeprazole is a "proton pump inhibitor" (PPI) used to treat acid reflux by reducing the amount of acid the stomach produces.    Esomeprazole should be taken once a day an hour before meals. It is convenient  Read More
Nexium 20mg
Nexium contains Esomeprazole and is used to treat acid reflux by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach produces.  Esomeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) and these are very effective at reducing the symptoms  Read More
Losec 20mg
Losec contains the active ingredient Omeprazole which is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It works by reducing the amount of acid the stomach produces. Omeprazole is used to treat acid reflux and a number of  Read More
Losec MUPS 20mg Dispersible Tablets
Losec contains Omeprazole which is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). Omeprazole works by reducing the amount of acid the stomach produces.  Losec is used to treat acid reflux and a number of other conditions caused  Read More
Lansoprazole 15mg Orodispersible (Generic Zoton)
Lansoprazole is part of a group of medicines called "proton pump inhibitors" or PPIs for short. PPIs reduce the amount of acid that your stomach produces and thus reduce symptoms of heartburn, indigestion and reflux  Read More

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is a condition that is part of the overarching Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD). It’s very common and everyone suffers from it at some stage in their life although for some it becomes a chronic condition. Stomach acid passes through the sphincter at the top of the stomach into the oesophagus and up to the throat. The irritation that is caused gives the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion.

There are a few reasons why patients suffer from acid reflux. The two main ones are:

- Lower oesophageal sphincter failure - This can be due to many reasons. The sphincter at the top of the stomach becomes weak and doesn’t close fully, allowing stomach acid to leak up into the gullet and cause irritation

- Hiatus HerniaThis is where part of the stomach starts to protrude outwards, into the diaphragm. As a result the sphincter is not able to close fully even if it isn’t weak, thus causing acid to leak into the gullet.

Stomach Sphincter

Triggers

• Eating a heavy meal or lying down straight after a meal
• Stress
• Eating chocolate, smoking, excessive caffeine, alcohol: These relax the lower oesophageal sphincter, allow acid to leak up into the gullet.
• Being overweight: Especially if you carry a lot of weight around the mid-section. The extra weight puts pressure on the stomach causing the lower oesophageal sphincter to weaken.
• Being pregnant: Pressure and hormonal imbalances can cause reflux.
• High fat diet: The stomach uses acid to break down fats. More fat=More acid
• Certain medicines: Especially NSAIDs like Ibuprofen and oral corticosteroids

Symptoms

Common:

• sour ‘acidy’ taste at the back of the throat.
• Heartburn – Pain below the breastbone that can sometimes move around and is worse after a meal.

If these symptoms are occurring regularly they should be investigated by your GP as chronic reflux, if left untreated, can lead to quite serious complications

Less common:

• Nausea
• A persistent cough that worsens at night
• Wheezing
• Chest pain
• Tooth decay
• Laryngitis

Treatments

There are many over the counter treatments available such as Gaviscon (Alginate), Rennie (Antacid) and Zantac (H2 Antagonist). For some types of reflux, these may offer relief but are not always a convenient long term solution. The most effective treatments available are Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs). PPIs work by actively stopping the stomach from producing acid. They are well tolerated by most patients with not many adverse effects. H2 Antagonists like Ranitidine (Zantac) work very similarly to reduce stomach acid however their mechanism of action is slightly different. They are nonetheless well established as effective treatment for acid reflux.

PPI Examples:

If a PPI is not working then there are also surgical options available. These can be discussed with your GP.

P.S. 2019

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