Thursday, October 4, 2012

What is a GI Cocktail?

What is a GI cocktail? A GI cocktail is a gastrointestinal drink that contains "liquid antacid, viscous lidocaine, and an anticholinergic primarily used to treat dyspepsia" (Health Explores, 2012, par. 1).

GI cocktails are given to patients experiencing acute acid reflux attacks. The viscous lidocaine numbs the esophagus, whereas the liquid contents reduce acid inside the stomach. According to the Mayo Clinic (2012), anticholinergic drugs "are used to relieve cramps and spasms of the stomach, intestines and bladder" (par. 1). The combination of medications are effective in calming the stomach, reducing acid, and numbing the inner lining of the esophagus wall to decrease heartburn and burning pain.

GI cocktails are given to gastroesophaggeal reflux disease (GERD) and gastroesophageal reflux (GER) patients. Acid reflux thus causes discomfort, pain and an uneasy stomach. Moreover, the acid contents can release acid into the throat and mouth.

According to the Florida Hospital (2013), "If symptoms of acid reflux persist, it can lead to a more serious condition called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)" (par. 3). Acid reflux is known to cause Barrett's esophagus, a health condition that affects the inner lining of the esophagus. This occurs because stomach acids wear down the esophagus lining. Chronic acid reflux without proper medical treatment may increase the risk of throat cancer.

A GI cocktail is a reliable remedy to combat post-GERD and acid reflux. If you never experienced GERD, then beware that an acid reflux attack resembles a heart attack and or severe indigestion. Please use caution that you don't mistake a real heart attack as GERD and or acid reflux attack. Don't waste valuable time waiting for chest pain to subside; visit your local hospital to get screened immediately.

Based on previous medical history, the attending physician will determine whether to order a GI cocktail. We believe a GI cocktail is the best drink to soothe the esophagus, especially after an acid reflux episode causes severe discomfort. A GI cocktail is almost always ordered in the ER and/or in medical clinics. Thank you for reading!


Sources: 

Acid Reflux. (2013). Florida Hospital. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from http://www.floridahospital.com/acid-reflux-disease 

Anitcholinergics and Antispasmodics (Oral Route, Parental Route, Rectal Route, Transdermal Route). (2012). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DR602315


GI Cocktail. (2012). Health Explores. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from
http://www.healthexplores.com/topic/gi_cocktail




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