Acid Reflux / GORD
Welcome to Qoctor’s online prescription service, which provides treatment for Acid Reflux & GORD. Before proceeding, we recommend you take a few minutes to learn more about this condition- there’s lots of helpful health information below.
About Acid Reflux
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (also known as GORD or acid reflux) is a common condition caused by acid rising from the stomach into the oesophagus (food pipe). This can cause symptoms such as heartburn, nausea, bloating, indigestion, belching, a taste of acid in the mouth, and sometimes a dry cough.
It can be triggered by various things, such as acidic or rich foods, large meals, alcohol, being overweight, and smoking.
If you’ve had reflux for a few days, a short course of antacid medication may get rid of the symptoms. If this does not work, it’s essential you see a doctor for a check up, as there can be a more serious underlying condition.
Some people suffer from reflux on an ongoing basis and need to take antacids every day. Anyone who needs long term antacids should have a camera test (gastroscopy) to make sure there is nothing more serious going on, and should also have a check up with their doctor every 6 to 12 months.
Our products & prices
Qoctor can guide you safely through getting treatment for acid reflux/ GORD. You can choose to have a paper prescription sent to your home, workplace or local pharmacy. Or for added convenience, order your medication online- Qoctor can send it to you via express delivery, wherever you are in Australia!
- Qoctor’s online doctor fee is just $19.99- this includes standard postage for your prescription or medication
- If you’re just getting a paper prescription, that’s it!
- If you order medication for delivery, the pharmacy price of the product you choose will make up the rest of the cost
- If you want express delivery, it’s an extra $4.99
- And we’ll always let you know about cheaper generic versions, where available!
Qoctor can provide a short prescription of antacids for relief of new reflux symptoms. If this doesn’t work, or if symptoms come back, you’ll need to have a check-up with your doctor. We also offer repeat prescriptions for people who are on long term antacids- in this case it’s essential that you’ve already seen a doctor and have had it fully investigated (with a camera test/gastroscopy), and continue to have check ups every 6 to 12 months.
Compare medications and select the one you want
Qoctor provides a wide range of antacids. Omeprazole, Esomeprazole, Pantoprazole , Rabeprazole and Lansoprazole all belong to a family of drugs called PPIs. They are very effective at controlling acid reflux. Most of them come in two strengths- the dose you need will depend on how bad your symptoms are, underlying conditions you have, and the advice of your doctor. Ranitidine, Tacidine and Famotidine are also used to treat acid reflux- whilst they may not be quite as effective as the PPIs, they may be cheaper, and can be used at the same time as PPIs if needs be.
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|Esomeprazole Generic||Esomeprazole 20mg||20mg||30||5||$19.99 – $37.98||None||19.99|
|Famotidine Generic||Famotidine 20mg||20mg||60||2||$19.99 – $27.98||None||19.99|
|Lansoprazole Generic||Lansoprazole 15mg||15mg||28||5||$19.99 – $35.98||None||19.99|
|Lansoprazole Generic Orodispersible Tablet||Lansoprazole 15mg||15mg||28||5||$19.99 – $35.98||None||19.99|
|Losec||Omeprazole 10mg||10mg||30||5||$19.99 – $31.98||None||19.99|
|Magicul||Cimetidine 400mg||400mg||60||2||$19.99 – $33.24||None||19.99|
|Nexium||Esomeprazole||20mg||30||5||$19.99 – $47.98||Esomeprazole Generic||19.99|
|Nizac||Nizatidine 150mg||150mg||60||2||$19.99 – $37.24||Tacidine||19.99|
|Omeprazole Generic||Omeprazole 20mg||20mg||30||5||$19.99 – $27.98||None||19.99|
|Pantoprazole Generic||Pantoprazole 20mg||20mg||30||5||$19.99 – $25.98||None||19.99|
|Pariet||Rabeprazole 10mg||10mg||30||5||$19.99 – $32.98||Rabeprazole Generic||19.99|
|Rabeprazole Generic||Rabeprazole 10mg||10mg||30||5||$19.99 – $26.49||None||19.99|
|Ranitidine||Ranitidine 150mg||150mg||60||2||$19.99 – $27.49||None||19.99|
|Somac||Pantoprazole 20mg||20mg||30||5||$19.99 – $27.98||Pantoprazole Generic||19.99|
|Tacidine||Nizatidine 150mg||150mg||60||2||$19.99 – $34.98||None||19.99|
|Tazac||Nizatidine 150mg||150mg||60||2||$19.99 – $42.24||Tacidine||19.99|
|Zantac||Ranitidine 150mg||150mg||60||2||$19.99 – $29.98||Ranitidine||19.99|
|Zantac Effervescent||Ranitidine 150mg||150mg||60||2||$19.99 – $29.98||None||19.99|
|Zoton Fastab (Orodispersible Tablet)||Lansoprazole 15mg||15mg||28||5||$19.99 – $35.98||None||19.99|
Common Questions and Answers
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a general term which encompasses acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion and oesophagitis. It may include one or more of these conditions. It is caused by irritation of the stomach or food pipe (oesophagus) by stomach acid.
The stomach naturally makes acid as part of the normal digestion process. Usually the sphincter at the bottom of the oesophagus acts as a valve and keeps this acid in the stomach. Acid reflux can happen if this sphincter is weak, if there is too much acid made in the stomach, if the stomach is not emptying properly, or if there is increased pressure in the stomach, forcing acid back up into the oesophagus.
Many things can trigger Acid Reflux / GORD including:
- Hiatus Hernia
- Helicobacter Pylori ( a common infection of the stomach)
- Acidic or spicy food and drink
- Large fatty meals
- Medications (including anti-inflammatories, certain blood pressure medications, sleeping tablets and painkillers)
The main symptom of GORD is heartburn. This is a discomfort or burning sensation which rises from the upper tummy or lower chest up towards the neck. Other common symptoms include:
- An acid-like taste in the mouth
- Persistent dry cough
- A feeling of a lump in the throat
- A burning pain when you swallow hot drinks
Symptoms tend to be worse after or with meals.
If you get any of the following symptoms you should seek immediate medical attention. They may indicate a more serious underlying condition:
- Chest pain or upper tummy pain worse on exertion
- Difficulty swallowing foods or liquids
- Persistent pain on swallowing
- Persistent vomiting
- Vomiting blood or dark brown vomit
- Unexplained weight loss
- Altered bowel habit (diarrhoea or constipation) for more than 6 weeks
- Altered stool (dark or black poo)
- Lump in the abdomen (tummy)
- Unexplained anaemia
- New GORD symptoms in someone aged 55 years or over
- GORD symptoms with any of the following:
- Family history of stomach or oesophageal in more than two first degree relatives
- Barrett’s oesophagus
- Pernicious anaemia
- Previous stomach ulcer surgery
- Pernicious anaemia
- A previous diagnosis of the following stomach conditions: dysplasia, atrophic gastritis or intestinal metaplasia
Most people are diagnosed with GORD by their GP on the basis of their typical symptoms and their response to treatment. Further tests may be needed if:
- Symptoms are severe
- Do not improve with treatment
- Are not typical of GORD
- There are any red flag symptoms
If further investigation is required a gastroscopy is usually the next step. This is where a thin, flexible telescope is passed down the oesophagus into the stomach. A normal test helps to rule out more serious causes of reflux symptoms, particularly stomach cancer.
Obviously, it makes sense to make some lifestyle changes, and avoid the triggers listed above- for example avoiding smoking, alcohol and weight gain. Antacid medications are often helpful- there are many types available over the counter at the pharmacy, and there are others on prescription from your doctor (or from the online doctors at Qoctor).
Oesophageal stricture– Acid Reflux / GORD can cause scarring and narrowing of the food pipe called an oesophageal stricture if left untreated. This can lead to difficulty swallowing, and problems eating and drinking.
Barrett’s oesophagus – this is a complication of long standing, untreated Acid Reflux / GORD. The excess acid causes a permanent change in the cells that line the oesophagus. It increases the risk of developing cancer of the oesophagus, and thus needs to be managed and monitored.
But most people with Acid Reflux / GORD do not develop any of these complications. If you have any concerns then you should discuss them with your doctor.
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