There is a common ailment that often gets diagnosed as heart burn which is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux. That is the condition when your stomach makes so much acid that it actually kicks up into your esophagus (throat). The condition is worst at night when you sleep since your stomach is flat and lined up with your esophagus. The stomach acid will actually burn the lining of your esophagus and cause alot of discomfort. It is usually not as bad during the day since most of us are upright and stomach acid is harder to flow into the esophagus thanks to gravity and swallowing. Now heartburn is like a burning sensation in your chest. The symptoms are similar to acid reflux but the treatment differs.
Acid Reflux Solution
One of the treatment options available is Pantoprazole sodium (Protonix). Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor which decreases the amount of acid in your stomach. It works by shutting down the enzyme in the wall stomach that produces acid. This allows ulcers and any damage to the esophagus time to recover by having less acid affecting it. Pantoprazole, as most other prescription drugs, has side effects associated with its use which include stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, blurred vision, increased hunger and thirst, flatulence and diarrhea. Pantoprazole will not help with heartburn symptoms since the intent is to reduce acid production.
There have been various studies to try and figure out which of the two drug treatments were better for acid reflux. Pantoprazole was compared to omeprazole (Prilosec). We have all seen the commercials for Prilosec to treat heartburn. Prilosec even states that it provides 24 hours of heartburn relief. But what about acid reflux? Well it turns out after numerous studies, both drugs are about equally effective at treating acid reflux and the side effects were similar. The only main difference is that Pantoprazole is not effective at treating the symptoms of heartburn.
Causes of Acid Reflux
One of the main reasons for acid reflux is the high acid content of a persons diet. Acidic foods include tomatoes, citrus, chocolate, alcohol, fried foods, spicy foods, onions and most meats. The basis is to have a balanced diet with alkaline based foods to neutralize acidic foods. That includes vegetables, rice, cottage cheese, yogurt and beans. I know the latter doesn’t look as appetizing and you need exercise to keep an internal balance. So a change in diet can limit your acid reflux but who doesn’t want a cheese steak with french fries every now and then? That is where taking a Pantoprazole 40 mg tablet comes in to save the day.
How are you treating your acid reflux?