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By definition gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining (gastro = stomach, it is = inflammation). For years, I thought gastritis and reflux (GERD) were pretty much the same thing. Recently though, I've been reading more about gastritis and how it is similar but different than reflux. It is possible to have both reflux and gastritis but you can also have them separately.
A little bit of anatomy may help explain the difference between gastritis and GERD. Where the esophagus meets the stomach there's a sphincter (known as the lower esophageal or cardiac sphincter). This sphincter allows food into the stomach and helps to keep food from backwashing up into the esophagus. Some reflux is normal. When the acid irritates the lining of the esophagus the result is GERD. The symptoms of this are the classic heartburn symptoms as well as the less well known symptoms of chronic cough, voice changes, etc.
So, while GERD is related to irritation in the esophagus, gastritis is rel...
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Generic Name: OMEPRAZOLE DELAYED RELEASE TABLET - ORAL Pronounced: (oh-MEH-pruh-zole) Prilosec OTC Oral Uses
Omeprazole is used to treat certain stomach and esophagus
problems (such as acid reflux, ulcers). It works by decreasing the amount of
acid your stomach makes. It relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty
swallowing, and persistent cough. This medication helps heal acid damage to the
stomach and esophagus, helps prevent ulcers, and may help prevent cancer of the
esophagus. Omeprazole belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump
If you are self-treating with this medication,
over-the-counter omeprazole products are used to treat frequent heartburn
(occurring 2 or more days a week). Since it may take 1 to 4 days to have full
effect, these products do not relieve heartburn right away.
For over-the-counter products, carefully read the package
instructions to make sure the product is right for you. Che...
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