Heartburn & Acid Reflux Drugs: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:38 by admin
Acid reflux or "heartburn" occurs when acid escapes from the stomach and moves up and into the esophagus. The esophagus is not designed to withstand stomach acid.

Acid reflux is called heartburn because the acid irritates the fragile lining of the esophagus causing pain in the chest, neck and throat. The condition is typically nothing more than an annoyance, yet chronic and severe cases may cause ulcers in the esophagus and increase the risk of developing cancer. Several over-the-counter and prescription medications are available to help alleviate the condition.

View sub-topics at right to learn more about some specific drugs used to treat acid reflux and heartburn and some of the drugs' more serious adverse side effects.

See Also

  1. Domperidone (Motilium)
  2. Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs: Overview
  3. Maalox: Overview
  4. Propulsid / Cisapride Monohydrate
  5. Reglan / Metoclopramide
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