Highlights Overview: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which acids from the stomach flow back up into the esophagus ("food pipe"). About half of American adults experience GERD at least once a month. People of all ages are susceptible to GERD. Elderly people with GERD tend to have a more serious condition than younger people. The hallmark symptoms of GERD are:
Heartburn : a burning sensation in the chest and throat. Regurgitation : a sensation of acid backed up in the esophagus. Typical symptoms in infants include frequent regurgitation, irritability, arching the back, choking or gagging, and resisting feedings. Risk Factors for GERD: Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to GERD in their third trimester, as the growing uterus puts increasing pressure on the stomach. Obesity contributes to GERD, and it may increase the risk for erosive esophagitis (severe inflammation in the esophagus) in GERD patients. Increasing evidence indicates that smoking raises the risk for GER...
Generic Name: CIMETIDINE - ORAL Pronounced: (sye-MET-uh-deen) Heartburn Oral Uses
Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers of the stomach and
intestines and prevent them from returning after treatment. This medication is
also used to treat and prevent certain stomach and throat (esophagus) problems
caused by too much stomach acid (e.g., Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, erosive
esophagitis) or a backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus
(gastroesophageal reflux disease-GERD).
Ranitidine is known as an H2 histamine blocker. It works
by reducing the amount of acid in your stomach. This helps heal and prevent
ulcers and improves symptoms such as heartburn and stomach
This medication is also available without a prescription.
It is used to prevent and treat heartburn and other symptoms caused by too much
acid in the stomach (acid indigestion). If you are taking this medication for
self-treatment, it is important to read the manufact...
Generic Name: ALUMINUM/MAGNESIUM ANTACID - ORAL Pronounced: (a-LOO-mi-num/mag-NEE-zee-um) Heartburn Antacid Oral Precautions
Before taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to aluminum hydroxide; or to magnesium; or if you have any
other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause
allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more
If you have any of the following health problems, consult
your doctor or pharmacist before using this product:
frequent alcohol use
severe loss of body water (dehydration/fluid
kidney problems (including kidney stones)
This medicine may contain aspartame. If you have
phenylketonuria (PKU) or any other condition that requires you to restrict your
intake of aspartame (or phenylalanine), consult your doctor or pharmacist about
using this drug safely.
During pregnancy, this medication sh...
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