Medical therapy for gastroesophageal reflux disease in 2007
Histamine H2 Antagonists
Proton Pump Inhibitors
Maximizing therapy for the patient with symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and optimizing efficacy of available agents in the difficult or refractory patient requires an understanding of antisecretory pharmacology and pharmacodynamics. Recent studies raise issues related to potential side effects of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Non-acid reflux and its potential association with symptoms must be considered in the management of refractory patients. Medical therapy of GERD is discussed, emphasizing optimizing antisecretory therapy, reviewing recent studies addressing potential side effects of PPIs and options for treatment of non-acid reflux.