Proton Pump Inhibitors

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) work by suppressing the production of stomach acid and inhibiting the molecule in the stomach glands that is responsible for acid secretion; the gastric acid pump. PPIs will provide significant relief from acid reflux symptoms in most patients and succeed in healing erosive esophagitis and treating chronic laryngitis caused by GERD. Some PPIs are now available over the counter (Prilosec), however some studies show that long-term use of PPIs may cause complications such as bone density loss.