Acid Reflux

Zantac ReliefZantac Relief

Due to various reason, your stomach may produce excess acid than required to digest food. This leads to indigestion and heartburn. Zantac Relief contains an active ingredient known as ranitidine hydrochloride, which works by preventing the stomach from producing excess acid.

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Pepto BismolPepto Bismol

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Rennie PeppermintRennie Peppermint

Rennie Peppermint tablets contain the active ingredients of calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate. These act as antacids to relieve indigestion, heartburn, indigestion related to acidity, hyperacidity, flatulence, upset stomach, and indigestion during pregnancy. They are used to treat symptoms after meals and at bedtime and act quite quickly to relieve the pain and discomfort that stomach acid may cause.

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Esomeprazole is available in tablet form containing 20mg or 40mg esomeprazole. It is categorised as a type of medicine called ‘proton pump inhibitors’. It works by decreasing the amount of acid in the stomach. It is used in gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers in the stomach or upper part of the gut caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, stomach ulcers caused by certain medicines such as NSAIDs, as well as too much acid in the stomach caused by other conditions.

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Lansoprazole is a prescription drug used to prevent and treat indigestion, heartburn, gastric ulcers, and erosive oesophagitis. It is available in tablets and capsules form, containing benzimidazole as the active ingredient. Benzimidazole is a compound that works by blocking the proton pump in the cells of your stomach.  As a result, the secretion of gastric acid is reduced, relieving you of the symptoms caused by excessive stomach acid.

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The stomach and oesophagus problems can contract a lot of problems such as ulcers, acid reflux, heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent coughing. Nexium helps by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes; this helps heal the acid damage to the stomach and oesophagus, this may also help prevent cancer of the oesophagus. This is due to its active ingredient: esomeprazole, magnesium, which belongs to a class of drug known proton pump inhibitors (PPI). Nexium also consists of its inactive ingredients which are glyceryl monostearate 40-55, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, methacrylic acid copolymer type C, polysorbate 80, sugar spheres, talc, and triethyl citrate.

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Nexium controlNexium control

Nexium Control works well to fight against symptoms of heartburn, which is a feeling of pain, burning sensation, and discomfort in your chest, which is connected to acid reflux. This product is among the most sold medications when treating heartburn, and other stomach related issues. Nexium Control contains esomeprazole magnesium trihydrate as the active ingredient, which is what helps it treat heartburn.

Below, are some of the best ways to help relieve heartburn at home before you require medication:

  • Standing up

  • Using ginger

  • Elevating the upper body

  • Avoiding smoking

  • Chewing gum

These tips are easy to apply and allow you to get fast relief. However, these tips might not relieve your heartburn entirely, thus making it vital to use effective medication. Nexium Control is the best option, but ensure you get some guidance from professionals like Click Pharmacy before using. Doing so allows you to get amazing advice on how to use it correctly to get maximum results, and avoid side effects.

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Omeprazole belongs to the proton pump inhibitor class of medication that is used to prevent the secretion of excessive gastric acid. Often this drug prescribed to patients suffering from intestinal ulcers, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). 

The drug by itself is the active ingredient which works by blocking the cells in the stomach responsible for producing gastric acid. Consequently, the acidity inside your stomach reduces, alleviating you the symptoms associated with acid reflux.

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Ranitidine is designed to offer fast relieve against peptic ulcers, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease including heartburn, chronic indigestion and ulcers that develop as a result of taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory treatments like diclofenac. Ranitidine itself is an active ingredient, which works by blocking the histamine found in the stomach lining from producing excess acid. This allows symptoms such as peptic ulcers to heal while preventing recurrent bleeding caused by excess stomach acid. 

For this reason, Ranitidine is classified under a group of treatments known as H2 blockers.

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What is Acid reflux?

Acid reflux is a digestive condition characterized by burning pain in the chest, but it is not to be confused with heartburn. Acid reflux, as the name suggests, occurs when acid from the stomach, also known as hydrochloric acid, goes up the oesophagus, which results in irritation of the food pipelining. That is when someone says they have heartburn, which makes it a symptom of acid reflux. 

What causes Acid reflux?

Acid reflux may be caused by various factors including; eating large portions right before bedtime, snacking on or eating then lying or bending over, being overweight, medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin, trigger foods such as carbonated drinks, chocolate, fatty foods, spicy foods and others including onions, citrus, mint, garlic and tomatoes.

Common symptoms of acid reflux include; hiccups, burping, bloating, heartburn, nausea and others such as bloody stools, bloody vomiting, weight loss, wheezing, chronic sore throat and a dry cough.

You may also experience dysphagia whereby you feel as if you have food stuck on your throat. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical treatment immediately.

The dangers of Acid reflux?

Acid reflux should not be left untreated as doing so may damage the lining of the oesophagus to cause bleeding. You should be concerned particularly if heartburn keeps recurring with each episode being severe than the last and if you have trouble when swallowing solid foods.

Failing to treat acid reflux can change the cells of the food pipe resulting in cancer in the long run. Nonetheless, acid reflux is a common condition, and it should be treated as soon as the symptoms occur.

How does Acid Reflux medicine work?

Antacids exist in different forms and they work differently to relieve the patient of symptoms associated with Acid reflux.

For instance, while H2 blockers and pump inhibitors like Zantac and Prilosec inhibit excess acid production, foaming agents coat the gut to prevent acid from going into the oesophagus.

Prokinetics are known for emptying the stomach faster and strengthening the lower food pipe sphincter. Also known as LES (Lower oesophageal sphincter). 

Always seek medical assistance to determine which medication is appropriate for you. 

How to stop Acid Reflux

Common home remedies that tame acid reflux include drinking milk or water. While drinking water might help relieve the symptoms as it raises the PH of the stomach acid, milk might counter its effectiveness due to the presence of fatty acids. Hence to stop acid reflux effectively start by addressing its causes. For instance, when eating, chew solid food thoroughly before swallowing. Eating one or two hours before bedtime. Elevate your head using a pillow so that you sleep on an incline, avoid carbonated drinks, avoid foods that give you a heartburn and lose weight if necessary.

You can also treat the acid reflux using antacids such as H2 blockers like Zantac or Pepcid, pump inhibitors like Prilosec or Protonix, foaming agents like Gaviscon or prokinetics like Urecholine or Reglan.