Mike is a 46-year-old who presents with a complaint of “heartburn” for 3 months

is a 46-year-old who presents with a complaint of “heartburn” for 3
months. He describes the pain as burning and it is located in the
epigastric area. The pain improves after he takes an antacid or drinks
milk. He has been taking either over-the-counter (OTC) famotidine or
ranitidine off and on for the past 2 months and he still has recurring
epigastric pain. He has lost 6 lb since his last visit.
examination is unremarkable. His blood pressure (BP) is 118/72.
Laboratory values are normal complete blood count (CBC) and a positive
serum Helicobacter pylori test.
What would you prescribe initially?
How long would you prescribe these medications?
What other possible meds could you prescribe to assist with the side effects from the medications prescribed?
How would the treatment vary if the patient has GERD instead?
Discussion Question 2
List differential diagnosis that would help confirm GERD while ruling
out other diagnosis. Which medication is the best medication for
treatment of GERD and why? What labs or other diagnostic tests that are
used to confirm GERD? Your response should be at least 350 words.

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