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  1. 1. ==== ====For the latest and most advanced gastroenterologist recommended gastric bypass technologywhich minimizes the loss of bacteria due to stomach acid. click this link that reveals movie starnext generation of probiotics ! ====Acid reflux is a condition in which stomach acid backflows into the lower esophagus, and creates aburning sensation for the affected person. The burn you may feel in your chest is commonly calleda heartburn, despite that your heart is not affected. If this condition occurs more than twice weekly,then you may have a condition called acid reflux disease (also known as gastroesophageal refluxdisease, or GERD).GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)Acid reflux disease is also called GERD because the acid reflux happens at the gastroesophagealjunction (the opening that allows passage of food from the esophagus to the stomach). Theesophagus is a tube with one end attached to the mouth and the other end attached to thestomach, purpose of which is to allow passage of food. Normally, the gastroesophageal opening isnot left wide open for acid to backflow into the lower esophagus, the opening and closing of thejunction is usually regulated by the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).The LES is a ring of muscle that opens and closes the gap between the esophagus and stomach.When food passes through the esophagus, the sphincter opens to allow food to pass through andenter into the stomach, then the sphincter would close abruptly after all the food has gone throughthe opening. If this sphincter, which acts as a "check" valve, malfunctions, i.e. opens too often ordoesnt shut tight properly, then acid can reflux back into the lower esophagus.Although stomach acid can damage the esophagus through reflux, the stomach is protected fromthe strong acid that it secretes. To read more about stomach acid and the stomach environment,and why acid reflux is harmful, please visit my website link at the bottom of this article.Symptoms of Acid Reflux DiseaseCommon symptoms of acid reflux are heartburn, regurgitation, bloating, bloody/black stools orbloody vomiting, burping, dysphagia, hiccups that dont let up, nausea, weight loss for no knownreason, wheezing, dry cough, hoarseness, or chronic sore throat.Heartburn, also called acid indigestion, is a burning pain or discomfort that may move from yourstomach to your abdomen or chest, or even up into your throat.Signs and Symptoms of Heartburnburning pain behind the breastbone area that usually occurs after eating
  2. 2. pain that is worse when bending over or lying downbitter taste in the mouthindigestionbelching* Regurgitation is the backing up of a sour or bitter-tasting acid into your throat or mouth; this cancome as a "wet burp" or even vomit up some of the food contents you ingested earlier.* Dysphagia -- a narrowing of your esophagus, which creates the sensation of food being stuck inyour throatCauses of Acid Reflux DiseaseThe cause is quite complicated. Many patients, who have GERD, also have a stomachabnormality called a hiatal hernia. However, patients with hiatal hernias do not always have acidreflux disease.A muscle wall called the diaphragm separates your abdomen from your chest. This muscle wallhas 3 openings in it, one of which is an opening in which the esophagus passes through andconnects to the upper part of the stomach. A hiatal hernia is a condition in which the LES andupper part of the stomach is pushed upwards through this esophageal opening into the lower partof the esophagus during swallowing, this specifically is called a sliding hiatal hernia. About 90% ofall hiatal hernias are the sliding type.Over-the-Counter Medications to Reduce Acid RefluxThere are a variety of over-the-counter medication available for reducing acid reflux which areantacids, histamine-2 receptor antagonists, and proton pump inhibitors.AntacidsAntacid products reduce stomach acid by changing the pH of the stomach environment byincreasing the pH and thereby neutralizing the acidity in the stomach. These products can containaluminum-based antacids, bicarbonate-based antacids,bismuth-based antacids, calcium(carbonate or phosphate), citrate ion as citric acid or salt, glycine, magnesium-based antacids,milk solids dried, phosphate-based antacids, potassium-based antacids, sodium-based antacids,silicates, tartaric acid or its salts. Antacids can reduce stomach gas in itself, but they aresometimes in combination products with anti-gas ingredients. There are also separate productsthat have only anti-gas ingredients.You may have heard of some of these commonly known antacid brands, if you look in the activeingredient section on the drug facts label you can see what the active ingredient is and can lookfor a cheaper generic brand with the same active ingredient.Products:- Tums
  3. 3. The active antacid ingredient in Tums is calcium carbonate. The regular strength is 500 mg, andthe extra strength is 750 mg. Tums work fast, but its effects also disappears fast, which is whymultiple doses may be needed per day. The additional benefit to this product is that it addscalcium to your diet.- MaaloxMaalox is both an antacid and antigas drug, which lowers the acidity in the stomach, as well asbreak up gas bubbles. Maalox has both antacid and antigas active ingredients. The antacidcomponents in Maalox are aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide, which both comes in200 mg for the regular strength product, and 400 mg each for the max product. The antigascomponent is simethicone, which comes in 20 mg for the regular strength product and 40 mg forthe max strength.- MylantaMylanta is also an antacid and antigas combined drug. The active ingredients and strengths arethe same as the Maalox products.- Pepto-BismolPepto-Bismol is a combination product that serves an anti-diarrheal purpose while is also an upsetstomach reliever. The active ingredient in Pepto-Bismol is bismuth subsalicylate, the regularstrength is 262 mg, and the max strength is 525 mg.Histamine-2 Receptor AntagonistsH-2 receptor antagonists block the action of histamine on the cells of the stomach that producesstomach acid, thereby decreasing stomach acid production from these cells. Acid-reducing drugswith H-2 receptor antagonists lasts up to 12 hours for its acid-reducing purpose.Products:- Ranitidine is sold under the trade name Zantac, the OTC regular strength is 75 mg, and the maxstrength that ranitidine is sold OTC is 150 mg.- Famotidine (brand name: Pepcid AC) is sold OTC in 10 mg for regular strength and 20 mg formax strength.- Cimetidine (brand name: Tagamet) is sold over-the-counter in 200 mg. Cimetidine comes with anumber of possible side effects, which you may want to avoid, of which include impotency for men.Generic alternatives are available, just look for any of these active ingredients: ranitidine,famotidine, and cimetidine.Proton Pump Inhibitors
  4. 4. Drugs with proton pump inhibitors reduce stomach acid secretion by inhibiting the gastric protonpumps, halts the final stage before acid secretion, and makes the inhibition irreversible. Due tothese properties, proton pump inhibitors almost completely stops stomach acid production for upto 24 hours, making these drugs more effective and longer lasting than h-2 receptor antagonists.Products:- Prilosec OTC contains 20 mg omeprazole.- Zegerid OTC (omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate): omeprazole, 20 mg; sodium bicarbonate, 1100mg- Prevacid OTC 24 HR (lansoprazole): regular strength: 15 mg; max strength: 30 mgBehavioral/Diet Changes That May Benefit Acid Reflux Sufferers- Eat Smaller, More Frequent MealsEating large meals would expand your stomach, this increases the upward pressure against yourlower esophageal sphincter.- Limit Intake of Acid-Stimulating Foods and Beverages.Such foods include citrus or acidic fruits and veggies like lemons, oranges, strawberries,pineapples; beverages like coffee and tea.- Dont Lie Down For About 2 Hours After You Eat. Dont Snack Before Bed.Keep upright during digestion allows gravity to help keep the stomach acid from backflowing.- Elevate Your Head a Few Inches While You Sleep.You can add another pillow in addition to your existing one for extra head elevation duringsleeping. This method helps those with night time heartburn by reducing the pressure of havingthe stomach contents pressed flat against the LES when the head is not elevated.- Dont Smoke/Quit Smoking.Nicotine relaxes the LES. The act of smoking also stimulates the production of stomach acid,worsening the existing acid reflux problems you may already have.- Dont Drink/Quit Drinking Alcohol.- Relax or Reduce the Stress Factors in Your Environment.There is insufficient evidence to say that stress is linked to heartburn, but stress is known to leadto behaviors that cause heartburn.
  5. 5. - Dont Wear Belts or Clothes that are Tight Fitting Around the Waist.As you can probably figure out by now, any upward pressure on the stomach will not be good forthose with acid reflux. Having tight clothing squeeze your abdomen leads to an upward reflux offood contents into the lower esophagus through the LES.More on Acid RefluxI am a registered pharmacist aiming to provide resources to assist people in coping with theireveryday health-related illnesses and symptoms.Article Source: ====For the latest and most advanced gastroenterologist recommended gastric bypass technologywhich minimizes the loss of bacteria due to stomach acid. click this link that reveals movie starnext generation of probiotics ! ====