Below are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs associated with ME:
Antacids are used to reduce the acidity in the digestive tract by increasing the pH to a more basic level. It is used to treat symptoms associated with heartburn, acid reflux, and peptic ulcers. Some antacids may be effective in pets with kidney failure to reduce the amount of phosphate in the blood.
Antibiotics to treat Aspiration Pneumonia (AP):
It is very important to recognize the signs of AP and get your dog to the veterinarian right away. If your dog shows signs of being lethargic, coughing, wheezing, sneezing, increased respiration rate, fever, off of their food or water, incessant panting it’s best to get them in for x-rays. Many times a vet cannot tell just by listening on their stethoscope. Your vet may take two x-rays of the lungs –one with the dog on its stomach or back, and one with the dog lying on its side. Often, two antibiotics will be prescribed for 2-6 weeks, consisting of a broad -spectrum antibiotic, like Enrofloxacin, along with one other. If a dog has chronic or recurring AP, the drugs can be administered through a Nebulizer to avoid taking orally.
Gastrointestinal reflux, or acid reflux, is one of the most common causes of esophagitis, the term applied to inflammation of the esophagus in dogs. Acid reflux is the result of stomach acids passing into the esophageal canal, causing irritation to the tissue lining of the esophagus, the muscular tube that carries food down from the mouth cavity to the stomach.
Pro-motility drugs help open up the sphincter between the stomach and small intestines, allowing stomach contents to more quickly enter the small intestines, so that it is less likely to reflux back up into the esophagus.