Treatment of gastritis can be effective only in the case of complex therapy with drugs that has different mechanisms of action and strict adherence to the prescribed diet. Doctors usually prescribe drugs that reduce the acidity of gastric juice, which have an enveloping effect, as well as anti-inflammatory drugs. In the case of Helicobacter associated gastritis, antibiotics are prescribed too.
Treatment with aluminium phosphate is determined by the individual features of the treatment course. The general task of treatment is to reduce the concentration of hydrochloric acid produced by special cells of the stomach (parietal cells). However, the acid concentration must be maintained at such level that the gastric juice can fulfill its basic function of digesting food.
Aluminium phosphate refers to a new group of non-absorbing antacids, drugs that reduce the acidity of gastric juice to a certain level.
Previously, for many decades, all antacids were absorbed, as a result they provided a rapid and pronounced effect of reducing the pH, but at the same time their action was short-lived.
The main disadvantage of antacids was the so-called acid ricochet – a rapid increase in the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. This phenomenon is well known to those who tries to treat heartburn with the help of baking soda. Soda quickly brings relief, but after a while heartburn become even more painful.
That kind of antacids are:
- baking soda;
- calcium carbonate
- magnesium oxide
- magnesium carbonate
- mixture of sodium bicarbonate, sodium sulfate and phosphate
- a mixture of calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate.
Due to the short duration of the action of the absorbed antacids and their ability to cause an acid ricochet, scientists have created drugs that do not have these drawbacks – nonabsorbing antacids, which always contain aluminum molecules.
Treatment of gastritis with aluminium phosphate is directed primarily to the protection of the gastric mucosa in chronic gastritis. With this disease, the mucosa is inflamed and its sensitivity to the irritating effect of hydrochloric acid and some other components of gastric juice is significantly increased.
Drugs that contains aluminium phosphate often mixed with sorbitol, pectin etc and also have a property of improving the regeneration of the inflamed tissue of the gastric walls. This effect is provided by aluminum phosphate molecules that envelop the mucous membrane with an even layer, protecting it from the action of irritating substances.
Due to these features, aluminium phosphate is now widely used in the complex therapy of chronic gastritis.
Flagyl (Metronidazole) for gastritis
Flagyl in gastritis is usually prescribed, when gastritis is associated with infection with Helicobacter pylori bacteria.
Metronidazole (an active component of Flagyl) was synthesized about 60 years ago, that is, by the time the discovery of the role of Helicobacter bacteria in the development of gastritis (mid 80’s of the twentieth century), this drug was already “solid” 30 years of age.
Nevertheless, metronidazole is still used as part of complex drug therapy for Helicobacter associated gastritis in combination with other antibiotics.
Depending on what scheme of treatment of gastritis the doctor chooses, Flagyl will have to take 7 or 10 days. In this case, the duration of treatment is influenced by what antibacterial drug will be used in conjunction with metronidazole, since the eradication of Helicobacter pylori involves the appointment of 2 antibiotics + a drug from the group of antacids.
In addition to Flagyl, one of the following drugs is usually used for such treatment: clarithromycin, amoxicillin or tetracycline.
On the other hand, despite the high efficacy of metronidazole, its administration is associated with the development of many side effects, among which you can primarily identify:
- sleep disorders
Mezym for gastritis
Mezym for gastritis is used in the case when the disease is accompanied by a low acidity. Mezym is a complex drug, which consists of 3 enzymes:
Thanks to these enzymes, the process of digestion of fats, proteins and starch is facilitated, and trypsin also provides a correction of the level of acidity of gastric juice.
Mezym plays a big role in eliminating dyspeptic symptoms (nausea, bloating, feeling of fullness of the stomach), which can persist for quite a long time even after successful eradication of Helicobacter pylori.
Adult is usually prescribed 3 times a day for 1 tablet (the duration of treatment is determined by the doctor).
It should be remembered that it is not recommended to take Mezym and antacids at the same time, as Mezym and these agents significantly reduce the therapeutic effect of each other.
Treatment with Cerucal
Cerucal is used to eliminate the symptoms of dyspepsia (nausea, vomiting, feeling of fullness of the stomach). This drug has a prokinetic effect – that is, it improves the motility of the digestive organs, including the stomach.
Eliminating the painful symptoms of indigestion, which are often observed in patients with gastritis, Cerucal provides an improvement in the quality of life of patients both during the period of complex treatment of gastritis and after it. In many patients with chronic gastritis, the symptoms of dyspepsia may persist for some time even after complete eradication of the Helicobacter bacteria.