What is included in patient education about esophagitis?

Updated: May 02, 2019
  • Author: Deepika Devuni, MBBS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Educate patients on the disease process and the importance of early medical evaluation at the onset of symptoms.

To prevent pill esophagitis, instruct patients to take medications with plenty of water while sitting upright. Avoid certain medications (eg, alendronate) in patients with known esophageal varices. Alendronate in patients who are cirrhotic could precipitate gastrointestinal bleeding from erosions over an esophageal varix.

For patient education information, see the Heartburn & GERD Center and Digestive Disorders Center, as well as Acid Reflux (GERD), Heartburn FAQs, and GERD and Heartburn Medications.


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