Case scenario

Lachlan, 28, is looking for help with a burning feeling in his chest and a bitter taste in his throat. The burning sensation tends to occur after meals and at night. Further questioning reveals no complaints of dysphagia or painful swallowing, hoarseness, cough or other throat symptoms. Lachlan is not taking any regular medications.

Learning objectives

After successful completion of this CPD activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Describe the presenting symptoms of reflux
  • Identify the main causes of reflux symptoms
  • Explain how pharmacists can translate knowledge into practice when managing patients presenting with symptoms of reflux.

Competency standards addressed (2016): 1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 2.3, 3.2, 3.5

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Introduction

Reflux is a normal part of healthy digestion, but can sometimes cause symptoms like heartburn and regurgitation.1–3 In recent years, the global prevalence of reflux symptoms has increased,2 with 15–20% of Australians experiencing reflux symptoms at least once per week.1 Reflux can range fr

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