Management of Gastrointestinal Disorders and the Pharmacist's Role: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: GERD

Jorabar Nirwan, Maria Yousaf, Barbara Conway, Muhammad Usman Ghori

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Abstract

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic disorder caused by abnormal reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus. This event occurs primarily because of relaxation of the transient lower esophageal sphincter. Non-pharmacological intervention includes behavioral changes and lifestyle modifications Pharmacological interventions, many of which are available without prescription include administration of antacids, H2-receptor antagonists, proton pump inhibitors and alginate-based raft formulations. If these treatment strategies fail, the patient may undergo surgery (fundoplication). Pharmacists can manage mild and, to some extent, moderate symptoms of GERD either by recommending lifestyle changes to the patient or by recommending certain medications depending upon the signs and symptoms of the patients. They can also verify diagnosis, refer on any alarming symptoms, manage appropriate medication plans and address any adverse reactions or interactions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy
EditorsZaheer-Ud-Din Babar
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9780128127360
ISBN (Print)9780128127353
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2019

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Nirwan, J., Yousaf, M., Conway, B., & Ghori, M. U. (2019). Management of Gastrointestinal Disorders and the Pharmacist's Role: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: GERD. In Z-U-D. Babar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy (1 ed.). Elsevier Ltd.