Management of gastroesophageal reflux disease in adults: a pharmacist’s perspective

Integrated Pharmacy Research and Practice. 2018;Volume 7:41-52


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Journal Title: Integrated Pharmacy Research and Practice

ISSN: 2230-5254 (Online)

Publisher: Dove Medical Press

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Pharmacy and materia medica

Country of publisher: United Kingdom

Language of fulltext: English

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Brett MacFarlane1,2 1Australian College of Pharmacy, Canberra, ACT, Australia; 2Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia Abstract: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common gastrointestinal diagnosis, a leading reason for endoscopy and cause of potentially serious complications, resulting in significant individual and system-wide health burden. Approximately one quarter of people living in western countries have experienced GERD, and the prevalence appears to be on the rise. Risk factors for GERD include hiatus hernia, obesity, high-fat diet, tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption, pregnancy, genetics, and some medications. The cardinal symptoms of GERD are troublesome heartburn and regurgitation. GERD is identified by taking a patient-centered history and if necessary can be classified by endoscopic investigation. The role of the pharmacist in the management of GERD is to confirm the diagnosis by history taking, confirm there are no alarming signs or symptoms that require referral to a doctor, and recommendation of short-term therapy to control symptoms. Effective pharmacological treatments for GERD include antacids, alginate, histamine H2 receptor antagonists, and proton pump inhibitors. This narrative review includes a comparison of the efficacy and safety of these treatments and pertinent information to help pharmacists advise patients with GERD on their appropriate use. Keywords: GERD, GORD, reflux, pharmacist, PPI