Diet and Life-style changes are very much necessary in the treatment of gastritis. Though medicine can halt the progress of gastric related symptoms, it is only temporary. So if you continue taking spicy foods without proper exercise and water, your earlier symptoms will return back. But sometimes, even after taking proper care, chronic gastric pain sets in. In such cases, it become inevitable to take the aid of English or Allopathic medicine.
PPIs (Proton pump inhibitors) are a class of drugs which are useful as good medicine for ulcers and acid reflux. First of all we have to understand the under-lying causes of gastric pain. If this inherent cause is left alone, it can turn into stomach ulcers. The foremost cause is the production of excess acid in the stomach. But as we have seen earlier, the production of “good acid” like hydrochloric acid is required for proper digestion.
The typical PPIs include – esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole and rabeprazole and come in various brand names. So these PPIs aid in reducing the amount of excess acid in the stomach. But we need to be careful, that these PPIs do not interfere with the normal production of digestive fluids. So we need to maintain a proper balance of acid and at the same time not go overboard.
For this purpose, “Zegerid” whose generic name is omeprazole and sodium carbonate is useful. This is mainly used to treat heartburn and other symptoms of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
As we know omeprazole is a PPI that decreases the amount of acid your stomach produces. But sodium bicarbonate is an antacid that increases the pH in your stomach. So this latter compound prevents the PPI from breaking down the stomach acid or cause damage to the stomach lining.
But before taking this medicine it is important to consult with your doctor for proper dosage and prescription. This is especially required if you have further complications like –
- Kidney or liver disease
- Heart disease
- Metabolic or respiratory alkalosis
- Low levels of calcium, magnesium or potassium levels in your blood.
“Pariet” is another tablet that contains the active ingredient “rabeprazole sodium”. This is also a type of PPI. The rabeprazole present in the medicine acts in the stomach and decreases the production of stomach acid. Normally the lining of the stomach and duodenum are protected by a layer that prevents attack from this acid. But excess acid produced can create ulcers or sometimes flow back into the food pipe. But rabeprazole prevents this production of excess acid in the stomach and thus treat the likely symptoms to occur.
But sometimes there can be some unwanted side-effects. These include headache, feeling dizzy, stomach upset, diarrhea, constipation, flu-like infections etc. Though everyone may not feel these symptoms, if you however have these indications, better consult your physician.