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Zegerid for GERD
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is caused by acid reflux into the esophagus. Acid reflux is a term meaning the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus. The stomach is designed to handle the acid it produces; the esophagus, however, is not. If too much stomach acid comes into contact with the esophagus for too long, damage to the lining of the esophagus occurs, causing the symptoms of GERD (see What Is GERD? for more information).
A few of the more common GERD symptoms include heartburn, feeling like food is stuck in your throat, choking feelings, acidic or sour taste in the mouth, and chest pain. Zegerid is approved to treat the symptoms of GERD. It works by decreasing the amount of acid in the stomach.
Zegerid also works to heal esophagitis (damage to the esophagus) caused by GERD and can be used to help esophagitis from coming back.
Zegerid for Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis
People who are critically ill sometimes develop bleeding ulcers, usually as the result of various factors relating to the severity of their illness. Typically, this occurs in people in the intensive care unit (ICU). In many situations, a healthcare provider will decide to give medication to try to prevent this from occurring, as the ulcers can further complicate an already complicated medical situation.
Zegerid is approved to reduce the risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding (such as the bleeding from ulcers) in critically ill individuals. Interestingly, only the Zegerid 40 mg powder for oral suspension is approved for this use.