Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a very common condition in which the stomach produces too much acid, which then goes back to the esophagus and causes symptoms such as burning sensation in the chest (heartburn), regurgitation, and painful swallowing. Some of the common GERD medications prescribed belong to proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as pantoprazole, omeprazole, and rabeprazole, which act by temporarily stopping the proton pumps to secrete stomach acid.
Most GERD medications are available over-the-counter. In the GERD category, you will find one of the most widely prescribed medications called Generic Aciphex (rabeprazole). It helps reduce the GI system to secrete less stomach acid, providing relief from GERD symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation. Generic Aciphex is available over-the-counter and it belongs to the WHO list of basic essential medications.