Proton Pump Inhibitors for Gastro-Oesophageal reflux disease: The over-the-counter approach
Keywords: proton pump inhibitors, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
AbstractHeartburn and acid regurgitation (reflux) are the classic symptoms experienced by patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). This condition has become increasingly common, with patients presenting at their pharmacies for a remedy to alleviate these unpleasant symptoms. Fortunately, there are over-the-counter (OTC) treatment options available to assist in managing symptoms of GORD such as antacids, alginates, histamine-H2 receptor antagonists (H2RAs), and proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs). PPIs are an effective OTC treatment option for treating GORD and represent a class of medicines which work by reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach. This article focuses on the use of OTC PPIs for GORD to assist pharmacist assistants to ensure the appropriate use of PPIs in the self-care setting.
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