15 Reasons Proton Pump Inhibitors Are a Temporary Fix for Acid Reflux

15 Reasons Proton Pump Inhibitors Are a Temporary Fix for Acid Reflux

Did you know that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are the most effective type of drug presented for the temporary treatment of acid reflux and heartburn? In case you are wondering why, this is due to their consistent and powerful impact on gastric acid secretion.

Here’s more good news. PPIs have revealed an exceptional profile following nearly 18 years of clinical practice. The chances of healing an erosive esophagus with a PPI was more than 90 percent of the time. As for full symptom resolution, patients with Barrett’s esophagus are attainable in nearly 80 percent, but these are just the numbers.

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When It’s Not Acid Reflux: 16 Subtle Signs You Have Full Blown GERD

When It's Not Acid Reflux: 16 Subtle Signs You Have Full Blown GERD

It was your colleague’s birthday and she decided to throw a celebration in the office pantry. All it took was one bite of warm, gooey cheese pizza and your digestive system decided to revolt. Then there was a burning sensation in your chest and you knew that something is wrong. Does this scenario sound familiar to you?

There are more than 60 million Americans who suffer from this uncomfortable condition, also known as heartburn, at least once a month. On the other hand, there are those who experience this problem on a weekly or even daily basis, which could be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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GERD: 9 Facts You Need to Prevent Acid Reflux Complications

GERD: 9 Facts You Need to Prevent Acid Reflux Complications

You may think it was just heartburn due to a burning sensation in your chest area, which you may notice usually happens after you eat, during or after you work out, or when you lie down at night. Apparently, you are one of the 60 million Americans who experience this issue.

It could just be heartburn; however, if you experience heartburn at least twice a week on a regular basis, you could have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD – and that means you need to see a doctor.

Understanding GERD: Why You Should Never Ignore This Condition

When you eat, food passes down from your mouth to throat and down to your esophagus until it reaches the stomach. The lower esophageal sphincter or LES facilitates the passage of food and remains tightly closed, except when you swallow food. If the LES fails to close, the acid contents from your stomach will travel all the way up to the esophagus and cause the following symptoms:

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What’s The Difference Between Acid Reflux, Heartburn, And GERD

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Heartburn, Acid Reflux, And GERD: Definition

Heart BurnA heartburn is a burning sensation/discomfort you feel in your throat when gastric juices splash back into the esophagus. Although commonly interchanged with acid reflux, heartburns are mild while acid reflux is much stronger.

Acid reflux occurs in an almost similar way as heartburn; only that acid reflux is more intense with lots of gastric juices and enzymes finding the way into the throat.

These enzymes and acid cause an intense burning sensation that makes it almost impossible for one to ingest anything.

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Stopping Use of Acid Reflux Medication Can Be Life Threatening

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What Is Acid reflux?

Acid RefluxTo assist in digestion of food, the stomach has a strong acid known as hydrochloric acid which also protects it from attack by microbes such as bacteria.

When some of the acid moves to the gullet, one experiences some symptoms of acid reflux such as heartburn. This is also known as acid indigestion.

When this happens, one may have to rely on reflux medication. Continued use of this medication can lead to dependency and sudden discontinuation of the medication can lead to severe conditions that can be life threatening.

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