There are a plethora of ways to try to treat the popular and discomforting gastroesophageal reflux disease, some requiring a doctor and others requiring a simple walk to the drug store. The following are three of the ways that doctors use to treat acid reflux disease and it should be stressed that not all will work for one or all people. This is how pro-motility drugs, proton pump inhibitors, and foam barriers help treat the discomfort of acid reflux disease.
Pro-Motility Drugs- Your doctor may choose to use pro-motility drugs to treat your acid reflux if all other avenues have been attempted to no avail. The benefit of pro-motility drugs is that they stimulate several portions of the digestive system including the esophagus and stomach. It may help in accelerating the emptying of the stomach, but the majority of acid reflux sufferers show little to no response to pro-motility drugs.
Proton Pump Inhibitors- For those that suffer more from the heartburn portion of acid reflux disease one answer may be the use of proton pump inhibitors. Most people have seen or heard an advertisement for Prilosec, a proton pump inhibitor that helps with fighting off acid reflux disease. Proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec with blocking the production of acid and secretions of acid into the stomach. The beauty of a proton pump inhibitor is that it works for a considerably longer amount of time than an antacid.
Foam Barriers- The use of a foam barrier like Gaviscon is generally in addition to another treatment for acid reflux that isn’t completely doing the job. A foam barrier is generally created by swallowing a tablet that reaches the stomach and begins to form a foam level over the liquids in the stomach. In conjunction with the antacid in the foam barrier the tablet fights off the acid in the stomach and keeps it from coming back up or refluxing into the stomach.
It is a good idea to consult a doctor before choosing any treatment for acid reflux as some cases are more sever than others and may therefore require a higher potency treatment.