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Review: over-the-counter medications are effective for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease

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Q Are over-the-counter medications effective for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)?


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Medline (to 2005), reference lists, abstracts of scientific meetings, and drug manufacturers.

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English language randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that compared an antacid, alginate-antacid combination, or histamine-2 receptor antagonist (H2RA) at over-the-counter doses with placebo for treatment of GORD in adults and reported outcomes of interest (see below). 14 RCTs involving 18 comparisons (n = 7021) met the …

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  • For correspondence: Dr H B El-Serag, Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, TX, USA. hasheme{at}

  • Source of funding: no external funding.