How long lasts the treatment of GERD

How long lasts the treatment of GERD

Sergei asks:

Good day! Please tell me, how much time is continuing treatment when the diagnosis of GERD? Thank you.

The answer of the doctor:

Hello, Sergey.

If diagnosed with GERD, the treatment may last for several weeks or months. It all depends on the flow of the process and the presence of complications.

The mainstay of treatment, blockers of the proton pump (Omeprazole, Pantoprazole, Esomeprazole, rabeprazole) must. When non-erosive form of the disease, these drugs are administered in a therapeutic dose (which depends on the assigned drug) for at least 8 weeks. It is then recommended to switch to a maintenance (or half) dose long course — it is discussed individually with the attending physician, can sometimes reach.

With erosive GERD the main course of therapy lasts 8 or 12 weeks, sometimes using double the dose of the drug (for example, Omeprazole 40, and 60-80 mg). After erosion heal again using the standard dose of the primary drug.

In the case when you find out complications such as Barrett’s oesophagus, prescribers in double doses for 2-3 months with re-examination after this time.

If not to withstand a full course of treatment — possible frequent exacerbations and the appearance of complications.

Treatment should be comprehensive, including diet and lifestyle changes.

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