When suffering from stomach upset, acid reflux or general gastrointestinal complications, your healthcare professional has probably the use of a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). Because the word “pump” is used as the designation for this class of prescription medications, many patients believe, at first, this is some sort of medical equipment.
In actuality, proton pump inhibitors are a class of prescription medications used to suppress gastric acid and carry very few side effects. As a coated tablet, the proton pump inhibitor rarely results in side effects but when side effects occur, the most commonly reported are headache, diarrhea and some abdominal pain with nausea.
Of these side effects, the one most commonly associated with proton pump inhibitors is the risk for developing diarrhea. Because the PPI work to change the bacterial composition in the stomach, diarrhea is quite common.
If you are pregnant and suffer from gastrointestinal complications, most proton pump inhibitor drugs are appropriate for your use. As most PPI are classified as Category B drugs, use in pregnancy is relatively safe. However, the use of one PPI, known as omeprazole, may not be indicated due to its unique Category C classification.
As an individual who suffers from anemia or other blood disorder, the use of proton pump inhibitors may not be appropriate. Because PPI can lead to complications involving vitamin B absorption, the use of a proton pump inhibitor, to treat gastrointestinal complications, may not be appropriate.
What are proton pump inhibitors? You may be surprised to learn the PPI medications your physician is recommending are those that carry very common names. Proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix and even Aciphex are a few and, in many cases, can be purchased over-the-counter at low doses. Of these, Prilosec is the one proton pump inhibitor that carries a Category C pregnancy classification.
Dosing of each PPI is generally listed in 10 to 40 milligrams for Prilosec, also known as omeprazole, or 15 and 30 milligram doses for all other PPI. Treatment times and frequency will vary depending on the proton pump inhibitor your physician is recommending but, in most cases, should not extend longer than eight weeks.
As with any complication involving the gastrointestinal system, including acid reflux or GERD, the key to your quick recovery lies in the early diagnosis and treatment. When your physician recommends PPI, also known as proton pump inhibitor, the recommendation does not involve medical equipment and, instead is a recommendation for medication that involves a coated tablet under a variety of prescription drug names. Following your doctor’s prescription, you can resolve the gastrointestinal complications, even if you are pregnant, in convenient daily dosing.