OTC PPIs for the management of minor GORD

  • Jacqueline van Schoor Amayeza Information Centre
Keywords: gastrointestinal reflux disease, GORD, over-the-counter treatment options, proton pump inhibitors


In normal digestion, the lower oesophageal sphincter (a ring of muscle between the oesophagus and the stomach) opens to allow food in the oesophagus to pass into the stomach and closes to prevent the acidic contents of the stomach from flowing back (‘refluxing’) into the oesophagus. Gastro-oesophageal reflux  disease (GORD) occurs when the lower oesophageal sphincter muscle is weak or relaxes inappropriately allowing the contents of the stomach to reflux back into the oesophagus. 

Author Biography

Jacqueline van Schoor, Amayeza Information Centre

BSc(Hons), MPharm, Amayeza Information Centre

Gastrointestinal Tract