oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) : review



Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease is a common gastrointestinal disease. Patients who suffer from this condition report a broad spectrum of symptoms. The symptom most commonly associated with gastro-oesophageal disease is heartburn (usually experienced behind the breastbone) occurring at least two to three times per week. It usually occurs 30-60 minutes after meals, resolving spontaneously or with the use of antacids. The goal of the treatment of GORD is to provide adequate symptomatic relief, to heal oesophagitis if it is present and to prevent complications from developing. Empirical treatment is often implemented based on an adequate history and presence of the most common symptoms.


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