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When acid from the stomach leaks up into the gullet (oesophagus), the condition is known as acid reflux. This may cause heartburn and other symptoms.


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When we eat, food passes down the gullet (oesophagus) into the stomach. Cells in the lining of the stomach make acid and other chemicals which help to digest food.

There is a circular band of muscle (a sphincter) at the junction between the oesophagus and stomach. This relaxes to allow food down but then normally tightens up and stops food and acid leaking up (refluxing) into the oesophagus. In effect, the sphincter acts like a valve.

The lining of the oesophagus can cope with a certain amount of acid. However, it is more sensitive to acid in some people. Therefore, some people develop symptoms with only a small amount of reflux.



More information on acid reflux and it's causes

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  1. Omeprazole

    Omeprazole is classed as a “proton pump inhibitor” (PPI), and is used to reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach. It is used to treat people with stomach ulcers and heartburn. The dose is one capsule per day.

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  2. Lansoprazole

    lansoprazole stop cells in the lining of the stomach from producing too much acid. This helps to prevent ulcers from forming, or assists the healing process where damage has already occurred.

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  3. Nexium (esomeprazole)

    Nexium (esomeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor that works by reducing the amount of acid that your stomach produces. To treat heartburn caused by Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, the normal dose is one tablet, to be taken once a day.

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