A chronic condition like Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD can be persistent and reoccur at any point of the day, especially if it’s triggered with foreign substances such as smoking, alcohol drinking and acidic foods and beverages.
The gastric juices that go up from the stomach up to the throat can cause severe heartburn sensation that can be very painful and crippling. The burning sensation can also move up to the throat causing excruciating pain to the esophagus. This condition should be really discouraging, especially if it attacks in the middle of the day, disabling you from being productive.
This article will teach you more about this disease and how you can help yourself to minimize or even treat this condition for good through proper medication and avoid further health complications.
This article will also give you first-aide or fast-relief treatments you can use to ease the pain brought by attacks you can purchase in drug stores with and/or without prescription.
Before you use anything to treat the disease, it is always better to know what causes the attacks and how attacks occur. We all have muscles in our stomachs that keeps the gastric juices from flowing up through the esophagus, but the sphincter, for some reasons, fails to do its job causing the acid to flow up to the chest and esophagus. The muscle could be weak, and let even the bile to flow up, causing the lining along the esophagus a burning sensation. This condition can be hereditary or congenital defect.
Mild gastroesophageal reflux disease can occur occasionally because of overeating and indigestion. Also, drinking highly acidic and alcoholic beverages, taking too much carbonated and caffeinated beverages and eating too much fatty foods can cause attacks of GERD.
Pregnancy and obesity can also trigger GERD attacks form time to time, as there will be some irregular activities inside the stomach.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease however, can be relieved through medications, but for severe conditions, doctors may require surgeries. If you don’t want to go that far in treating the condition, it would be best if you avoid it from getting worse, as we all know that prevention is always better than cure.
Living a healthy lifestyle and avoiding the triggers of this condition can save your self form health problems and your pockets from taking out money for medicines.
Antacids, gastric H2 receptor antagonists, proton pumps inhibitors, and promotility agents are the common cure for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. These medications can be acquired over the counter or prescribed by your physician. But for severe conditions, these medications may not really work, and surgical operations to treat the sphincter are usually advised.
Antacids are the most commonly used drug to relieve the pain caused by GERD attacks. You can acquire this medication in drug stores even without prescription. This medication should be taken only if the symptoms start to occur, but for those who usually experience attacks, taking antacids every before meal will work best.
Antacids are taken to reduce the level of acidity in your gastric juices, it is used as a neutralizing agent, and it keeps the acids from back flowing up. However, this drug can cause adverse side-effects for some people such as constipation and diarrhea.
Prolonged use of this drug can also damage the kidney, as it can cause accumulation of too much magnesium in the body.