In addition to lifestyle modifications, proton pump inhibitors are considered to be the first-line of defense against acid reflux. However, in some cases, PPIs are unable to properly control symptoms and achieve relief. So, what if proton pump inhibitors don’t work?
Continue reading to find out the answer to this question and learn about treatment options in the event of PPI therapy failure.
What Are Proton Pump Inhibitors?
Proton pump inhibitors are medications that are designed to block acid production and alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux.
While PPIs, including Prevacid and Prilosec, are often able to reduce heartburn, they are less effective when it comes to relieving reflux or regurgitation.
What If Proton Pump Inhibitors Don’t Work?
Many patients with uncontrolled acid reflux want to know: What if proton pump inhibitors don’t work?
In the event of PPI therapy failure, there are several viable solutions to consider.
To start, it’s important to determine if the patient is taking the appropriate medication for their symptoms and if they are using the proton pump inhibitor as directed – i.e. taking the medication at least 30-45 minutes before meals.
Reflux monitoring is another way to determine if the patient’s symptoms are caused by reflux or another condition.
Lifestyle modifications can also help, and patients should make an effort to do the following:
- Improve their diet
- Exercise more
- Lose weight
- Get enough sleep
- Elevate head while laying down and sleeping
- Stop smoking
- Avoid trigger foods like coffee, chocolate, mints, tomato-based products, alcohol, and citrus
Finally, when proton pump inhibitors don’t work, surgery may be the best course of action. A laparoscopic fundoplication is a minimally-invasive procedure that tightens the valve to the esophagus and keeps acid from entering.
Learn More About Treatment Options for PPI Therapy Failure
For additional information about treatment options for proton pump inhibitor failure, please call our office today at (301) 965-0546 to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and talented providers.