September 1st, 2007
Prilosec (Omeprazole) is a hyperacidity medicine effective in treating acid reflux or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), most especially in cases where cause of GERD is unknown. It also promotes faster healing of ulcers brought about by high levels of stomach acidity.
There are two types of Prilosec (Omeprazole) in the market: one is prescription Prisolec and the other, Prilosec OTC.
Prilosec OTC is the first over-the-counter (OTC) proton pump inhibitor to be released in the market. The US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has announced in June 2003 that Prisolec OTC can be bought even without a prescription. This hyperacidity medication must be taken orally once a day only, within 14 days when aimed at treating acute heartburn. However, for persistent heartburn, you may take it over 14 days or as prescribed by your doctor.
Prescription Prilosec, on the other hand, is used to treat inflammation in the esophagus or other medical conditions that need doctor’s supervision.
Side effects with this hyperacidity medicine is minor. Nausea, dizziness and vomiting are reported to 1% of Prilosec users.
August 28th, 2007
For hyperacidity problems, doctors prescribe Prevacid (Lansoprazole) to reduce high levels of acidity in the stomach. It works by preventing acid producing pumps from releasing too much acid. With this action, it is called a pump proton inhibitor or PPI.
PPIs such as Prevacid (Lansoprazole) are prescribed to patients with sore or inflammed esophagus, duodenal ulcers, and GERD. It stops other pumps from producing acids that pain the already inflamed or damaged esophagus or duodenal lining. Lesser acid in the gastrointestinal area promote speedy healing of ulcers and inflammation.
Prevacid (Lansoprazole) is a prescription medicine. It means that it cannot be bought over-the-counter. If you have persistent heartburn and acid reflux, consult your doctor and discuss the possibility of undergoing a therapy using Prevacid. Prevacid comes in capsules, chewable tablets, and suspensions.
Dosage is usually once a day. It must be taken before a meal since acid producing cells work full-time when the stomach is full (to aid in digestion).
Test results show that Prevacid have less to zero side effects for most users. In some isolated cases, some users complain of diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, dizziness or headache.
August 18th, 2007
Zantac, with its active ingredient, Ranitidine (and its generic name), blocks histamine-2, known to be the culprit behind overproduction of stomach acid.
Zantac (Ranitidine) comes in small, tablets, effervescent tablets and granules, gel capsules or syrup, and is taken orally. Dosage depends on the severity of stomach acidity and the immediate need to maintain a less acidic gastrointestinal environment, such as in cases of ulcers and GERD. Zantac Ranitidine is absorbed 50% upon ingesting and it still works effectively even if it were used in conjunction with other forms of antacids.
Studies show that Zantac Ranitidine, as compared to placebo, has effectively healed sores and lesions in the stomach lining or technically known as peptic and duodenal ulcers. It reduces acid reflux for patients with GERD, whether they are upright or lying vertical. It also acts best on inhibiting production of acids caused by the following stimulants: betazole, nocturnal and basal. Although it is effective in many cases, it has been found that it has no effect on pepsin, seru gastrin and pentagastrin induced hyperacidity.
Common side effects are naseau and dizziness, which usually subsided after a few hours of taking it. A patient under a Zantac medication is not allowed to drive or operate any other machinery immediately after taking the medicine. He must fully assess first the reaction of his body from the medicine before he can do activities that require attentiveness and clear vision.
July 7th, 2007
When hyperacidity strikes, most of us will go to the nearest pharmacy to buy over-the-counter (OTC) antacids. Stomach acidity are reduced with these OTC hyperacidity treatments. However, if symptoms persist and were accompanied by severe pain in the stomach, it would be best to consult a physician to know the best treatment or therapy that suits you best.
Today, there are different types of medicines available to treat stomach acidity. They are categorized as either (1) antacids (2) H2 blockers and (3) proton pump inhibitor or (PPI).
Antacids come in the form of magnesium hydroxide (such as Milk of Magnesia) or aluminum hydroxide. They can be bought even without prescription and works to simply neutralize the level of acidity in the stomach. Antacids work fast and is therefore best if you need immediate relief from hyperacidity.
However, if your condition persisted and you were already suffering from painful hearburn due to high level of acidity in the stomach, your doctor may recommend “stronger” acidity medicines such as H2 blockers or PPI. Zantac (Ranitidine) is the most known H2 blocker which works by decreasing production of acid.
And if H2 blocker decreases production of acid, PPI totally inhibits production of gastric acid for a long period of time. Prevacid and Prilosec are the two most known PPI. Proton pump inhibitor are considered as the most effective and safest hyperacidity treatment to date.
Researches show that H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors are the best hyperacidity treatments, especially if the stomach and the esophagus were inflamed and ulcerous. The decrease (in case of H2 blockers) or absence (in case of PPI) of gastric acidity for a longer period of time allows the ulcers to heal and antibiotics — for H. Pylori caused stomach ulcers — to work efficiently.