Medication recalls change treatment for GERD

BOWLING GREEN, Ky-Recent medication recalls have reduced treatment options for certain health issues ranging from simple heartburn to more complex ones such as gastroesophageal disease, also known as GERD. Ranitidine was recently recalled, in both the generic form and the brand name Zantac. Benjamin Washam, a pharmacist at Sheldon’s Pharmacy, says that while it is only one medication in the H-2 family of drugs, avoiding that family altogether might be the best option. Other options,  he says, are medications such as Gaviscon or Tums or even omeprazole, which is also known as Prilosec.

If the over-the-counter options don’t give you relief, then it’s time to see a doctor. A complication of GERD is Barrett’s esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition. Dr. Cory Fielding, with Graves Gilbert Clinic, says monitoring is important to check for precancerous tissue. If pre-cancerous tissue is found, an outpatient procedure to remove the affected tissue is now being performed in south central Kentucky at Tristar Greenview Regional Hospital.

Another key in the treatment of GERD is proper nutrition and diet, since controlling your weight can lessen the severity of GERD symptoms.