Managing Heartburn and Reflux
What is it?
Reflux occurs when the contents of stomach acid travel back into the oesophagus. Reflux is the cause of heartburn (sometimes also called indigestion), which is that unpleasant, burning feeling that wells up from the pit of the stomach, and travels up the chest and into the throat
Heartburn usually occurs after a meal and can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours
It is often accompanied by pain, nausea, a bloating feeling in the stomach, and a bitter taste in the mouth.
How common is it?
Almost one-in-four Australians (38%) suffer from heartburn, reflux or indigestion
According to research, more women than men are affected – and more severe heartburn occurs in older women
For almost half (45%) of people living with the condition, heartburn can last for hours
Research has found that frequent symptoms can greatly impair a person's quality of life.
There are several treatment options available for the symptoms of heartburn and reflux available in the pharmacy, including:
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
While antacids and H2 Antagonists are best suited for infrequent heartburn and reflux symptoms, people suffering from symptoms two or more times a week may benefit from medications like PPIs.
While antacids buffer existing stomach acid and H2 Antagonists reduce acid secretion, PPIs work at the core of the problem by blocking acid secretion.
PPIs are the most efficacious class of treatment for relieving heartburn, reflux and indigestion. They create a pronounced and long-lasting reduction of stomach acid production.
PPIs are now available in pharmacy without prescription. Talk to your pharmacist about the best type of treatment for you.
Pariet® 10 now available in-pharmacy
Australians suffering from heartburn now have access to heartburn and reflux medication Pariet® 10 in their pharmacy, without a prescription.
Pariet® 10 is a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) which is the most efficacious class of medication for relieving heartburn, reflux and indigestion (H/R/I).
One tablet provides 24 hour relief and can be used for up to two weeks. Pariet® 10 is approved for Australians suffering from heartburn twice a week or more.
Heartburn is very common – it affects almost four-in-ten (38%) Australians. Furthermore, according to the Digestive Health Foundation, up to one-in-five adults experience heartburn symptoms at least once a week.
A quarter of Aussies living with heartburn are currently not taking any treatments for their symptoms – despite almost half of sufferers (45%) experiencing bouts that last for hours. Furthermore, half of heartburn sufferers find the condition affects their ability to eat and drink normally and 44% experience difficulty getting to sleep or being woken during the night.
The Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of Pariet® 10 is $10.95 for a 7-day pack and $17.95 for a 14-day pack.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. Your pharmacist's advice is required. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.