A long been known and proven drug for heartburn and acid regurgitation has been approved for OTC self-medication.

One in three adults in Germany is from heartburn and acid regurgitation suffering with increasing tendency. And this is not just a mood disorder. Doctors assign the complaints of the so-called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to. “Causes a weakened sphincter muscle (sphincter) at the cardia or excessive stomach acid production,” said Professor Dr.Gerald Hofmann, medical director and gastroenterologist eating at University Hospital. “Both are favored by stress, sugar-and fat-rich diet or a life aged 40 years. ”

Heartburn and acid reflux occurs when acidic stomach juices flowing up into the esophagus and irritates the mucous membrane there. Which – unlike the gastric mucosa no acid protection. Whether excessive heartburn can have long-term consequences, is controversial among experts. In any case suffers from the quality of life, try it with self-medication with drugs from the pharmacy or the drug market. There they received a prescription called “antacids” acid binder. Neutralize the excess acid fast, but only temporarily.


A drug that targets the underlying problem

Now the pharmaceutical company Bayer comes with the proton pump inhibitor omeprazole on the market. Which is in the therapeutic dose of 20 milligrams under the trade name Antra available without a prescription at pharmacies and should act to up to 24 hours. A patented formulation of the tablets should facilitate their capture and provide for rapid drug absorption. Proton pump inhibitors act directly on the acid-producing cells in the gastric mucosa. At each feeding, these cells produce protons, which are transported on the proton pump in the stomach. There they form together with other substances to the stomach acid necessary change. With a proton pump inhibitor will regulates the production of acid. But not completely prevented. A good digestion is ensured.

One tablet a day is enough

The new drug must be taken only once a day. This must have happened 30 to 60 minutes before a meal. The new tablet is released in the stomach more than a thousand Mikropelletts that can quickly due to their fine distribution Resoptionsort in the small intestine. Those who can not swallow tablets well may take the drug dissolved in water, fruit juice or applesauce. The product is free from lactose, gluten and soy, which is important for allergy sufferers. The drug should be taken bad several days but no longer than for 14 days. Then the symptoms have not improved or even worse, a doctor must be consulted. That applies particularly its, if heartburn with unintentional weight loss, bleeding, or dysphagia is accompanied.

Substance has for twenty years

The drug omeprazole on the market since 1989 and is one of the most prescribed drugs. More than a billion patients have been treated with it. 1350 scientific studies are available. Since 1 August 2009 is the active ingredient with a maximum daily dose of 20 mg and a maximum of 14 days to self-medication for heartburn and acid regurgitation admitted without a prescription. The treatment should be supported by a healthy lifestyle including healthy eating, stress-balancing, non-smoking and moderate drinking.