Conventional Treatments for GERD and Peptic Ulcers
There are three conventional types of treatment available for GERD and Peptic ulcers, viz Lifestyle changes, Medications and Surgery.
Modification of one’s lifestyle can to help treat symptoms. Changes in diet by problem foods such as oily and/or spicy meals, acidic fruits, sweets, caffeine among others and making changes to routine before you go to sleep have been shown to provide some relief.
Also sleeping on the left side can help to reduce nighttime reflux episodes in patients.
Over-the-counter treatments for GERD such as antacids that neutralize stomach acid are first used to control heartburn but while these may provide quick relief, they won't heal an inflamed oesophagus damaged by stomach acid.
For Peptic Ulcers, treatment involves a combination of medications to kill the H. pylori bacteria (if present), and reduce acid levels in the stomach. This strategy allows the ulcer to heal and reduces the chance it will come back.
Other medications are shown in the table below and include Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), Histamine H-2 Blockers, Prokinetic agents, Adenylate cyclase inhibitors, cytoprotective agents and anti-biotics.
Most incidences of GERD and Peptic Ulcers can be controlled through medications. In situations where symptoms do not go away with lifestyle changes and drugs, different surgical procedures may be done including:
|Drug Class||Actions||Common Side Effects|
|Antacids||Reduce gastric acidity|
| Proton pump inhibitors |
(lansoprazole, omeprazole and esomeprazole)
|Stop or reduce acid secretion at the source of acid production, i.e., the proton pump. This gives the damaged oesophageal tissue time to heal|
|Histamine H-2 Blockers|
(cimetidine, famotidine, nizatidine or ranitidine)
Lower the amount of acid released in the stomach.H2-receptorblockers don't act as quickly as antacids, but they provide longer relief.
|Prokinetic agents |
|Help the stomach empty more rapidly and help tighten the valve between the stomach and the esophagus.|
| Adenylate cyclase inhibitors |
| Decrease Proton pump activity (not as effective as PPIs)|
|Cyto-protective agents |
| Reacts with hydrochloric acid in the stomach to form a cross-linking, viscous, paste-like material.|
It also attaches to proteins on the surface of ulcers.
These effects serve as protective barriers at the ulcer surface.
| Anti-biotics |
Two or more different types used
(clarithromycin, amoxicillin, tetracycline or metronidazole)
| Kills bacteria or stop bacterial growth.|
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