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Schwabe News Volume 4 | Issue 6 | June 2013

Gastrobin®


Introduction

Gastric disorders include hyperacidity, heartburn, indigestion, inflammatory gastric complaints (gastritis), acid reflex disease, etc. They are commonly covered by the generally used term gastric problems. Many people have these problems at one time or the other. Among these hyperacidity, heartburn and indigestion are more common. Hyperacidity or acid dyspepsia is due to excretion of higher acids in the stomach. People with hyperacidity often have a feeling of heartburn. Heartburn is a painful burning feeling just below or behind the sternum due to various gastric conditions. Many drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, beta-blockers, anti-depressants, substances like caffeine and alcohol, beverages like carbonated drinks, and foods like spicy and fatty foods, excess citrus fruits and juices may induce heartburn, inflammatory and other gastric symptoms.1,2,3,4,5,6

Gastrobin® is an established product currently used in the treatment of such gastric disorders and associated symptoms7. It reliably acts in cases where the gastric mucous membrane is inflamed due to excess gastric acid. It regulates the acid level in the stomach, thus alleviating typical complaints of hyperacidity, such as heartburn, burning in the stomach, pressure and pains in the stomach, gastric sensitivity to pressure, acid eructation and sour or acid vomitingGastrobin® has shown itself to be of great value in treating cases of nervously irritable stomach with hyperacidity.8

The therapeutic components of Gastrobin®, Homoeopathically processed Acidum sulphuricum, Capsicum annum, Natrum phosphoricum, Phosphorus and Robinia pseudocacia, are proven homoeopathic remedies covering various spheres of gastric diseases.

Composition:  Acidum sulphuricum 4x 10%, Capsicum annum 3x 10%, Natrum phosphoricum 1x 0.1%, Phosphorus 5x  10%, Robinia pseudocacia 2x  10%, Excipients Q.S.  Alcohol content v/v 36%

Proven Indications:  of the individual ingredients in the sphere of claimed action.

Acidum sulphuricum: It covers heartburn and sour eructations and useful in cases of gastralgia in which the pains are either violent and contractive, or are of a dull, heavy, aching character with pyrosis and flatulence. Loss of appetite and great debility are also covered.

Capsicum annum:  It covers symptoms like burning in the stomach after eating, great flatulence from vegetables, flatulent colic, atonic dyspepsia and painless rumbling in the abdomen.

Natrum phosphoricum:  It acts in the conditions of sour eructations after eating, sour vomiting, dyspepsia from fatty food, heaviness and pressure in epigastrium, flatulence, rumbling, symptoms worse after eating.

Phosphorus:  It is an established medicine for eructations, vomiting of food or blood that are temporarily ameliorated by ice-cold drinks, but returns as the stomach becomes warm. Dyspepsia with excessive flatulence and white tongue.

Robinia pseudocacia:  Helpful in conditions like constant eructations of a very sour fluid, heartburn and acidity especially at night, on lying down, distention of stomach and bowels, regurgitation of acid and bile, with a feeling that everything turns to acid.

Dosage:  Unless otherwise prescribed, 10 to 15 drops, to be taken 3 times per day before meals. A suitable diet is recommended to complement this therapy. If complaints are not relieved, consult a specialist.

Note:  The product contains alcohol. In the case of children, pregnant and lactating ladies and in certain serious liver and alcohol problems, consult a specialist.

Side effects:  No side effects of Gastrobin® are known.

Contra-indications: No known contra-indication so far.

Interactions:  None known up to present.

Presentation: 20 ml glass bottle pack.

 

References:
  1. Stomach disorders, Medline Plus website database, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  2. Heartburn, Medline Plus Medical Encyclopaedia (online), National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  3. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Medline Plus Medical Encyclopaedia (online), National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  4. Gastritis, Medline Plus Medical Encyclopaedia (online), National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  5. Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER), and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), A publication by National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH Publication No. 07–0882, May 2007.
  6. Information on Gastrobin in the webpage http://www.schwabehealth.com, Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co. KG, Germany.
  7. Product Leaflet, Gastrobin, Deutsche Homöopathie-Union, Ottostr. 24, D-76227 Karlsuhe, Germany.