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GORD stands for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, a common condition where acid from the stomach leaks up into the throat. There are a range of treatments for GORD we can offer.

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    Branded treatment for GORD that's available as either a capsule or pellets.

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    Like Esomeprazole, but branded. Tablets or granules available in a 10mg, 20mg or 40mg dose.

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    Generic version of Losec. Can treat GORD, heartburn and stomach ulcers too.

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    What is GORD?

    Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (otherwise known as GORD) is a condition consisting of recurring episodes of heartburn and acid reflux. Heartburn is an uncomfortable burning sensation in your chest, usually after you’ve eaten. Acid reflux is a burning in your throat caused by stomach acid.

    Who gets GORD?

    Almost everyone will experience heartburn and acid reflux in their lives. But there are some factors that can make people more likely to develop GORD. These include:

    • being overweight or obese
    • eating a large amount of fatty foods: this causes excess acid to linger in the stomach
    • smoking, drinking alcohol, drinking coffee and eating chocolate
    • pregnancy
      certain conditions like gastroparesis and hiatus hernia
    • certain medicines like calcium-channel blockers, nitrates and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen
    • excess stress

    How common is GORD?

    GORD is quite common. A study by the US National Library of Medicine found that up to 20% of the entire Western population have it . If you have GORD, the bright side is that there’s a range of treatments and lots of people in the same boat as you.

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    What causes GORD?

    GORD is usually caused by the ring of muscle at the bottom of the oesophagus (known as the lower oesophageal sphincter) becoming weaker. The oesophagus connects your mouth to your stomach, and this ring of muscle opens and closes to let food in.

    If the muscle becomes weaker, it can’t always close as it’s supposed to, and it isn’t able to stop your stomach acid from leaking up your throat. This causes the symptoms of GORD, like heartburn and acid reflux.

    What are the symptoms of GORD?

    The main symptoms of GORD are heartburn and acid reflux. These cause burning in the chest and throat, often after eating. Sometimes acid reflux comes with a sour taste in the mouth.

    There are other symptoms which may appear. These can include oesophagitis, meaning a sore and swollen oesophagus. GORD can also appear with:

    • bad breath
    • bloating and belching
    • nausea
    • pain when swallowing
    • hiccups
    • coughing
    • bloating

    Can GORD lead to other problems?

    Usually, GORD causes mild but uncomfortable symptoms. But if GORD is quite severe and untreated for a long period of time, it can cause some complications. These include:

    Oesophageal ulcers
    Stomach acid in the throat can eventually begin to damage the lining of the oesophagus, leading to ulcers. Ulcers may bleed, cause pain and make it hard to swallow. A lot of medication used to treat GORD can also treat or reduce the risk of ulcers.

    Scarred and narrow oesophagus
    Sometimes damage caused by stomach acid causes scarring and narrowing of the throat. This is also known as oesophageal stricture and can make it incredibly difficult and painful to swallow. There is a procedure that widens the oesophagus, often by using a small balloon.

    Barrett’s oesophagus
    Repeated episodes of GORD can sometimes lead to a change in cells that line the lower oesophagus. This is known as Barrett’s oesophagus. About 6% of people with chronic GORD end up developing Barrett’s oesophagus.

    There usually aren’t any noticeable symptoms with Barrett’s oesophagus. Very rarely, it can be associated with oesophageal cancer. A clinician may suggest having an endoscopy every few years to keep an eye on this.

    Oesophageal cancer
    It’s very rare to develop oesophageal cancer even if you have Barrett’s oesophagus. But having Barrett’s oesophagus does make you ten times more likely to develop oesophageal cancer.

    If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should speak to a clinician. The best thing you can do for your health is to treat your GORD early.

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    What medications are there for GORD?

    There are lots of different medications to treat GORD. They come in different forms, like tablets, granules and syrups. Usually, they work by reducing the amount of acid in your stomach. This lessens the symptoms of GORD and protects your throat from damage.

    Is there a ‘best’ treatment for GORD?

    There isn’t a ‘best’ treatment as such for GORD. It depends on your symptoms and preferences for medication. If you struggle with taking tablets then treatment in the form of granules or syrup may be better options for you. If you have worse symptoms, you may need to take more medication, or combine it with lifestyle changes. It just varies from person to person.

    Does GORD always need treatment?

    GORD doesn’t always require medication. Symptoms caused by GORD can often be reduced with healthy lifestyle changes and avoiding triggers. These might include:

    • losing weight if you’re overweight or obese
    • eating fewer high-fat or acidic foods
    • quitting smoking if you smoke
    • cutting down on alcohol and coffee
    • cutting out certain medications, such as NSAIDs. Speak to a clinician if you think a medication you take is causing GORD and ask if there are any alternatives
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    Our clinicians are on hand to discuss your symptoms and medical history to ensure that your treatment plan is right for you. We’re also here to monitor your treatment so that you feel its full benefit.

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    Our simple subscription service allows you to set up a recurring order so that you won’t run out of the treatment that you need. You can also pause and cancel at any time.

    How effective is Pantoprazole?

    Pantoprazole is very effective at treating acid reflux and GORD because it addresses the root of the problem, and in doing so allows the body to recover from their effects.

    Ninety eight percent of people see results after a single four week course of treatment. In more severe cases it can take longer for Pantoprazole to have its maximum effect. In this case 93% of people with more severe symptoms found Pantoprazole worked after they’d taken it for eight weeks .

    Do I need a prescription for Pantoprazole?

    Pantoprazole is only available on prescription because its use needs to be monitored by a clinician. It’s important that the clinician prescribing your treatment has a detailed picture of your symptoms and experience before creating a treatment plan.

    Which dose of Pantoprazole should I use?

    The dose you take will depend on the nature and severity of your symptoms. For example the dose taken for prevention of peptic ulcers differs from that taken for acid reflux. Similarly, the dose taken for a single occurrence of acid reflux will be different to that taken for GORD.

    Typically, a single four week dose of one 20mg tablet a day is enough to treat acid reflux and give the stomach and throat time to heal. In more severe cases treatment might stretch to eight weeks, and sometimes beyond that.

    As you work through your treatment plan, your clinician will monitor your progress and may suggest increases in dosage where necessary.

    How is Pantoprazole different to other treatments for GORD?

    There are a few different options when it comes to treating GORD. There are some treatments that are available without prescription. Antacids, like Tums and Gaviscon liquid, neutralize stomach acid and can be bought over the counter. H2-receptor antagonists, like Cimetidine, block the effects of histamine in the stomach to reduce acid.

    Pantoprazole directly targets acid production by inhibiting the work of the proton pumps. There are other branded medicines that work in this way including Pantoloc. Being a generic medication means that Pantoprazole is likely to be more cost effective than expensive branded versions.

    How is GORD diagnosed?

    Diagnosing GORD is usually a process of elimination. A clinician will talk to you about your symptoms and rule out other causes before diagnosing you with GORD.

    Are there tests for GORD?

    There aren’t any tests for GORD as such. If your symptoms are severe, a clinician might refer you for an endoscopy to rule out any other causes. A clinician may also test for H. pylori, which is a type of bacteria that could be causing your symptoms.

    Can you get side effects from GORD treatment?

    GORD medication can sometimes cause mild side effects, most commonly headaches. If you’re experiencing side effects and they’re causing you discomfort, our clinician can recommend alternative treatments for you.

    Does GORD treatment always work?

    Treatments for GORD are considered effective, and there are quite a few treatment options available for the condition. But if you want to make your treatment as effective as possible, combining it with a healthy lifestyle should increase positive results.

    Why should I buy GORD treatment online with Treated?

    At Treated, we’re personalising healthcare. Talk to us about your health, and we’ll recommend treatments tailored just for you. You can choose your medication from our options, and how often you’d like to receive it from our pharmacy too.

    We’ll stay in touch with you on a regular basis to make sure that your treatment is working the way it should. And if it isn’t, our clinicians can make adjustments to your dose, or recommend alternative treatment options.

    They’re also on hand to answer any questions you might have about your medication. You just need to sign in to your account and send them a message.

    How is Omeprazole different to other treatments for GORD?

    There are other treatments for GORD available in the market, but not all treatments come as an oral solution. This can be good if you don’t like taking tablets or capsules.

    Omeprazole is also a generic treatment, which means it’s usually less expensive than other branded treatments. It’s a cheaper option if you’re looking to try out some treatments for GORD.

    Is Omeprazole similar to any other treatments?

    Acid reflux treatments tend to be proton pump inhibitors, so they often work similarly. They can contain different active ingredients though, so you can try a few different ones if one doesn’t work for you.

    Losec is the branded form of Omeprazole. This means it contains the same active ingredient, but it will cost you more. They should work in the same way.

    Which dose of Omeprazole should I use?

    Your Omeprazole dose depends on what it’s treating and also the severity of symptoms. The dose for treating ulcers will be different from that of treating acid reflux. Treating ulcers may require you to take a higher dose for a shorter period of time. When treating acid reflux you often need a lower dose for longer periods.

    Similarly, the dose varies when you take it for prevention instead of treatment. For treating acid reflux you’ll need to take a dose for 4-8 weeks but for preventing acid reflux you’ll be taking Omeprazole for a longer time.

    If you try a low dose of Omeprazole for GORD and find you’re still struggling, you talk to a clinician about raising your dosage until you feel relief.

    How effective is Omeprazole?

    Numerous clinical trials have shown that Omeprazole is effective in providing early and sustained reduction in heartburn as well as treatment of other symptoms caused by GORD.

    In patients taking a daily dose of Omeprazole there was no heartburn in:

    • 62% cases by day 7

    • 74% cases by day 27

    Another study showed that 86% of patients suffering with severe swelling of the food pipe (esophagitis) healed within 12 weeks of using 40mg Omeprazole.

    Do I need a prescription for Omeprazole?

    Omeprazole can be ordered without a prescription in low doses, for a short period of time. If you want to order a higher dose or a longer treatment time for Omeprazole, you will need a prescription. This is just to make sure the treatment is the best one for you.

    Why should I buy Omeprazole online with Treated?

    At Treated, we can help you find the right GORD treatment. Talk to our expert clinicians online and we can recommend the best treatments for you to pick from. Once ordered, we’ll deliver to your door with convenient and flexible plans.
    We’ll touch base with you to make sure everything with your treatment is working out and provide all the aftercare you need.

    How is Nexium different to other treatments for GORD?

    Nexium, containing the active ingredient esomeprazole, is thought to be processed more slowly than some alternatives. This means that the levels of the drug are higher in your bloodstream, which may mean that it helps to reduce the production of acid in your body for a longer amount of time. It also offers more effective control than alternatives, such as omeprazole, at the same doses.

    It’s also broken down differently by your liver to some alternatives, which could mean that you need fewer treatments than other types of medication for acid reflux and GORD. Esomeprazole can also provide faster relief than alternatives in the first week of use, so you may feel the benefits of the medication sooner.

    Nexium offers a different way to take to this type of acid reflux relief that isn’t an option with many of alternative treatments. If you find it difficult to take tablets (or you don’t like taking them) then granules might be a better option for you.

    Is Nexium similar to any other treatments?

    Acid reflux treatments tend to be from the group of medications known as proton pump inhibitors, and work similarly, but can be slightly different drugs. For example omeprazole, which is slightly different to the active ingredient in Nexium (esomeprazole).

    Which dose of Nexium should I use?

    Your dose of Nexium depends on what condition you’re treating and how bad your symptoms are. For example, the dose for ulcers is different to the dose for acid reflux.

    You might take the higher dose for an ulcer for a shorter period of time, but for acid reflux you might only need a lower dose but for a longer period. For treatment of acid reflux you’ll only take it for 4-8 weeks, but for long term prevention you’ll take it over a prolonged period.

    Your doctor can talk to you about the right amount to take for your condition and symptoms to find relief from the symptoms that you’re experiencing.

    How effective is Nexium?

    Omeprazole (the active ingredient in Nexium) has been shown to offer significantly greater acid control than alternatives like lansoprazole, one of the other popular treatments for acid reflux. It’s also thought to offer faster relief from nighttime symptoms in comparison.

    Nexium starts to work straight away after a single dose. One study showed that 86% of patients with severe symptoms healed within 12 weeks of using omeprazole.
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