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Overview Of Modern Medicines Used For Treating Heartburn

Author : Neil Picarder

Heartburn is caused by the flow back of stomach acid to the food pipe (esophagus) and it's usually experienced like tightness in the chest, burning sensation in the throat, epigastrium, or behind the breastbone. When these warning signs are strong, they act like the symptoms of heart failure since the two conditions have the same neural supplies. Before you start using Ranitidine tablets or other medications, you should visit a medical professional and you have to be accurately clinically diagnosed.

Your doctor might make the diagnosis based on your symptoms only or might decide to run a number of medical tests or employ manometry or Esophageal pH monitoring. This should help them also determine the cause of the heartburn, which is quite often attributable to GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) and gastritis, but it can be a result of various other conditions too.

What are the most widespread treatments of heartburn?

The most suitable therapy can be determined only after the reason for the heartburn has been identified. Because the majority of the instances are caused by GERD and gastritis, H2 receptor antagonists and proton pump inhibitors are the most often employed for symptoms reduction and prevention. These two groups of drugs work in different ways, but they both reduce the stomach acid production. They are also amongst the top selling drugs, which are considered extremely effective.

Although the PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) are newer generation of medications and they have largely replaced the H2 receptor antagonists, some of the latter like the Ranitidine tablets continue to be employed extensively around the world with serious effectiveness. Ranitidine can be purchased in 75 mg, 150 mg and 300mg (obtainable in some countries only) and is used for quick relief of heartburn discomforts or their prevention, when the heartburn is a result of peptic ulcer disease or GERD. On top of that, this medication can be used combined with fexofenadine in therapies of several skin conditions.

How do you use Ranitidine?

If your physician has recommended Ranitidine pills, you need to use them exactly as directed, you need to use only the prescribed dosage, and you shouldn't use more than two pills a day, irrespective of their strength. For symptoms alleviation, you need to use one pill together with full glass of water and for symptoms prevention, you have to use one pill with full glass of water 30 to 60 minutes before having a meal. Even though this drug is perfect for long-term usage because it rarely triggers any side effects, it is advisable that you seek advice from your doctor regularly and notify him if the heartburn symptoms go on after three months or longer. This may indicate some serious health issues, which cannot be helped by Ranitidine 150 mg or other acid-reduction drugs. The unwanted effects that the Ranitidine tablets cause are depression and confusion, however they are only felt by some senior patients.

In combination with taking your medicines, you might have to make a few changes in lifestyle as well, after consulting with your treating medical doctor. Frequently, avoiding garlic, smoking, excess drinking of soda, coffee and wine and onion helps. Acid reflux disease should be taken seriously and treated adequately since if disregarded, it could result in the development of ulcer or other complications. You should follow your doctor's directions, keep your appointments with him or her, and use your medicines on a regular basis!

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