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Gastritis Treatments Reviewed

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 08:49

 What Treatment Works? What does Not?

 

Consumer Health Reports has reviewed over 100 of the top selling treatments for Gastritis conditions and based the products on these important criterias: Effectiveness, Value, Quality, Safety, Reorder Rates, Customer Service

Consumer Health Reports has conducted research on many of the different Gastritis treatments online and over-the-counter. Below is an overview based on the results of this research. Of the 100 Gastritis treatments, we found only 3 products that are effective and would recommend. We have taken the confusion out of the shopping experience by narrowing your search to the elite products in the industry. Here is our researched list of products:

 

Top 3 Gastritis Treatments

 
Maalox  

Gastritis is not a single disease, but rather a term used to describe any irritation or inflammation of the stomach lining. The condition may be acute or chronic. There are a wide range of causes including, but not limited to, bacterial or viral infection, certain medications and some types of alcohol. The primary symptom is pain in the upper abdomen, although symptoms may also include nausea, vomiting, belching and bloating or fullness, among others. Some cases of gastritis have no symptoms at all.

Mild, short term gastritis can usually be treated with over the counter medications. However, any serious symptoms should be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional. If your gastritis does not pass quickly, it is also important to see the doctor.

Antacids are a popular choice for over the counter treatment of mild gastritis. Maalox (http://www.maaloxus.com/) is a common antacid. Its active ingredients are magnesium and aluminum. Combining these two active ingredients is believed to lessen the risk of diarrhea or constipation side effects.

Maalox is safe and effective for many people but is not right for everyone. If you are taking certain medications or have certain medical conditions, then you should not take Maalox. Review your medical history with your physician before taking this or any medication. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before adding new medications if you are taking Maalox.

If the symptoms of gastritis do not pass quickly, tell your doctor. Maalox should not be taken long-term except on the advice of a medical professional.

 
Milk of Magnesia  

Gastritis is not a specific disease. Instead, it is a term used to describe any inflammation or irritation in the stomach lining. The primary symptom is pain in the upper abdomen, although other symptoms may include nausea and vomiting, belching and bloating or fullness. Some cases of gastritis cause no symptoms at all.

If symptoms are mild, gastritis may be treated at home using over the counter medications. However, more severe symptoms should be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional. If your gastritis does not ease quickly, it is important to see the doctor even if symptoms are mild.

Antacids are the most common over the counter treatment for mild gastritis. Milk of Magnesia is an over the counter antacid whose active ingredient is magnesium. It can help ease the symptoms of gastritis, but is not right for everyone.

The most common side effect of Milk of Magnesia is diarrhea. However, more serious side effects may occasionally occur. Always tell your doctor about any unusual symptoms that you develop.

Milk of Magnesia should not be taken by those with certain underlying medical conditions. It could interact with both prescription and over the counter medications. Therefore, it is important to discuss this medication with your doctor before beginning treatment.

If the symptoms of gastritis do not pass quickly, it is important to see your doctor. Milk of Magnesia is not designed for long term use, and overuse could eventually lead to chronic diarrhea and other possible side effects.

 
Tums  

Gastritis is not technically a single medical condition. Instead, it is a label given to virtually any inflammation or irritation of the stomach lining. It may be acute or chronic, and may occur alone or as part of a larger underlying illness. The primary symptom of gastritis is pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen, sometimes referred to as dyspepsia. Additional symptoms may include belching, nausea, vomiting and bloating or fullness. However, gastritis may be present without causing any symptoms at all.

Gastritis can be caused by numerous factors including bacterial infection, medications, certain types of alcohol, viral infection and many others. Treating gastritis primarily involves treating the root cause. If you have mild symptoms of gastritis, you may be able to attempt home care. However, gastritis that does not pass quickly or causes more serious symptoms should be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional.

Antacids are a common source of over the counter treatment for gastritis. Tums (http://www.tums.com/) is a popular choice. The medication’s active ingredient is calcium carbonate. Tums is considered safe and effective for most people, but is not right for everyone.

If you have underlying medical conditions or are taking any medications, consult your doctor before taking Tums. The most common side effects are an increase in gas and possible constipation. However, there is always the possibility of more severe side effects, so be sure to tell your doctor if you experience any unusual symptoms.

If your gastritis does not clear up quickly, it is important to see your doctor. Tums can be useful in the short run, but should not be taken long-term unless recommended by your physician.

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