What Do Your Acid Reflux Medications Do?

Jul 16th 2010 Oct 10th 2017

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These drugs are often first recommended by doctors to relieve heartburn.  They use three basic salts; magnesium, calcium and aluminum, with hydroxide or bicarbonate ions to neutralize the acid in your stomach.  They are also used as a supplemental source of calcium.
  1. 0 Prokinetics
  2. 0 H2 Blockers
  3. 1 Antacids
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  1. These drugs are often first recommended by doctors to relieve heartburn.  They use three basic salts; magnesium, calcium and aluminum, with hydroxide or bicarbonate ions to neutralize the acid in your stomach.  They are also used as a supplemental source of calcium.

    Correct Answer: Antacids

  2. These drugs coat your stomach with foam to prevent and ease reflux.

    Correct Answer: Foaming Agents

  3. These medications decrease acid production overall and are available by prescription or over-the-counter. They provide only temoporary relief and are effective for about half of GERD patients.

    Correct Answer: H2 Blockers

  4. These drugs also halt stomach acid pump production and are more effective than H2 blockers.  They can relieve symptoms and heal the esophageal lining in almost all GERD patients.

    Correct Answer: Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)

  5. These drugs strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and make the stomach empty faster, but often come with side effects that limit their usefulness.

    Correct Answer: Prokinetics