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What is GERD?

GERD, also called gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, is a condition in which the ring-shaped muscle present at the end of the food pipe (oesophagus) does not close properly, and therefore allows the contents of the stomach to go up into the food pipe and cause irritation. It is similar to heartburn. However, if the individual experiences heartburn more than twice a week, it is known as GERD.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

The primary symptom of GERD is experiencing heartburn more than twice a week.

Other symptoms include:

  • Burning sensation in the middle of the chest
  • Hiccups
  • Burning sensation in the throat
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Bad breath
  • Bloating
  • Feeling sick after eating
  • Unpleasant sour taste in the mouth
  • Chest pain after eating
  • Regurgitation (the stomach acid coming up into the mouth and leaving an unpleasant taste)

What are its main causes?

GERD occurs when the muscle present at the base of the food pipe is weakened and unable to prevent the stomach contents from rising up into the throat. This could happen due to multiple reasons such as:

  • Obesity
  • Excessive consumption of caffeine or alcohol
  • Pregnancy
  • High-fat diet
  • Experiencing stress
  • Hiatal hernia (upper part of the stomach moves into the chest)
  • Smoking
  • Intake of certain medications like painkillers
  • Eating spicy foods

How is it diagnosed and treated?

The primary step in diagnosis is inquiring about the symptoms. There are various tests which may be performed for confirming GERD diagnosis  These include:

  • Endoscopy (to assess if there is any damage to the food pipe)
  • Manometry (to assess if the muscle at the base of the food pipe is working normally)

The doctor may recommend certain measures to prevent heartburn. These include:

  • Avoiding foods which trigger acidity
  • Losing weight
  • Sleeping on a surface which elevates the upper portion of the body
  • Eating smaller meals
  • Practising relaxation techniques
  • Avoiding caffeine, smoking and alcohol

In most cases, medications may also be provided for relief from heartburn.

In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to strengthen the muscle.

  1. Medicines for GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
  2. Doctors for GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
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Medicines for GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

Medicines listed below are available for GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
PantocarPantocar 40 Mg Injection59
PantodacPantodac 20 Mg Tablet69
RantacRantac 150 Mg Tablet18
ZinetacZinetac 150 Mg Tablet17
PantocidPantocid 20 MG Tablet76
AcilocAciloc 150 Tablet17
Ulgel TabletUlgel 400 Mg/20 Mg Tablet8
PanPAN OD 40MG TABLET 10S0
Esofag DEsofag-D Capsule SR108
Nexpro RdNexpro RD 20 Capsule SR71
Lafutax DLafutax D 10 Mg/30 Mg Capsule64
NexproNEXPRO 20MG TABLET 10S63
PantopPantop 20 Mg Tablet44
Pantocar LPantocar L 75 Mg/40 Mg Tablet128
PerinormPerinorm 10 Mg Tablet Md13
Nexpro LNexpro L Capsule188
LanspepLanspep 30 Mg Capsule36
PerilinPerilin Injection4
Reden OReden O 2 Mg/150 Mg Tablet33
Raciper LRaciper L 75 Mg/40 Mg Capsule139
LansproLanspro 15 Mg Capsule25
R T DomR T Dom 10 Mg/150 Mg/20 Mg Tablet7
Raciper PlusRaciper Plus 75 Mg/40 Mg Capsule158

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References

  1. National Health Portal [Internet] India; Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  2. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases [internet]: US Department of Health and Human Services; Acid Reflux (GER & GERD) in Adults
  3. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: US National Library of Medicine; GERD
  4. Health On The Net. GORD (reflux). [Internet]
  5. Antunes C, Curtis SA. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019 Jan-.
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