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Medications for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/Heartburn

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by Alan R
 
The information provided here is meant to give you a general idea about each of the medications listed below. Only the most general side effects are included, so ask your doctor if you need to take any special precautions. Use each of these medications as recommended by your doctor, or according to the instructions provided. If you have further questions about usage or side effects, contact your doctor.
Different medications for GERD/heartburn work in different ways. Your doctor may prescribe a combination of over the counter and prescription medications to help treat and control your GERD/heartburn.
  • Omeprazole (Prilosec)
  • Lansoprazole (Prevacid)
  • Pantoprazole (Protonix)
  • Rabeprazole (Aciphex)
  • Esomeprazole (Nexium)
  • Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant)
  • Cimetidine (Tagamet)
  • Famotidine (Pepcid)
  • Nizatidine (Axid)
  • Ranitidine (Zantac)
  • Alka-Seltzer
  • Maalox Advanced Regular Strength
  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Tums
  • Rolaids
  • Mylanta
  • Bethanechol (Urecholine)
  • Metoclopramide (Reglan)
 

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Merck Manual for Health Care Professionals. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/gastrointestinal%5Fdisorders/esophageal%5Fand%5Fswallowing%5Fdisorders/gastroesophageal%5Freflux%5Fdisease%5Fgerd.html. Updated May 2012. Accessed April 30, 2013.


Heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux (GER), and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/gerd. Updated April 30, 2012. Accessed April 30, 2013.


Katz PO, Gerson LB, et al. Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Am J Gastroenterol. 2013;108(3):302-328.


Understanding heartburn and reflux disease. American Gastroenterological Association website. Available at: http://www.gastro.org/patient-center/digestive-conditions/heartburn-gerd. Published April 25, 2010. Accessed April 30, 2010.


3/1/2010 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Maalox Total Relief and Maalox liquid products: medication use errors. US Food and Drug Administration website. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm200672.htm. Published February 17, 2010. Accessed April 30, 2013.


3/12/2010 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. FDA approves name change for heartburn drug Kapidex. US Food and Drug Administration website. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm203096.htm. Published March 4, 2010. Accessed April 30, 2013.


5/28/2010 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. FDA: possible fracture risk with high-dose, long-term use of proton pump inhibitors. US Food and Drug Administration website. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm213377.htm. Published May 25, 2010. Accessed April 30, 2013.

 

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