Using Promotility Medicines for GERD
Promotility MedicationsPromotility drugs are another class of GERD medication.
These drugs don't affect the amount of acid your stomach produces. However, they do help the lower esophageal sphincter close off more than it did before. This can prevent stomach juices from moving back up into the esophagus.
They may also cause your stomach to empty itself faster and assist in esophageal peristalsis, which helps clear stomach juices from the esophagus.
These drugs are often recommended for people who have problems with heartburn only at night and for people who still have problems after trying the other medications. Types of promotility medicines include:
- Reglan® (metoclopramide)
- Urecholine® (bethanechol)
- Propulsid® (cisapride)
Metozolv™ ODT (orally disintegrating metoclopramide).
There are several different types of GERD medicine. Because each class of medication works in a different way, combinations of drugs may help control symptoms. People who get heartburn after eating may take both antacids and H2 blockers.
The antacids work first to neutralize the acid in the stomach, while the H2 blockers act on acid production. By the time the antacid stops working, the H2 blocker will have stopped acid production. As always, talk to your doctor about which medication is best in your situation.