Menarini entered the gastroenterological field in the early '80s with an antisecretory drug which was a milestone in the therapy of acid-related diseases, a drug which ensured rapid recovery and effective control of relapses and complications.
Menarini has thus followed and sustained the fertile Italian gastroenterological research into mechanisms regulating acid secretion and inducing acid-related diseases, up to the latest discoveries which show the involvement of a bacterium ( Helicobacter pylori) in the pathogenesis of peptic ulcer.
Today Menarini is present in this field with a line of products for the therapy of every type of acid-related disease, from minor dyspepsias (bad digestion) to Helicobacter-associated ulcer. In line with its careful attention to childhood diseases, Menarini's gastroenterological line also includes a pediatric formulation.
Peptic ulcer, located in the stomach or in the duodenum, is the consequence of an inflammation/erosion of the mucous membrane of these organs. It is an acid-related disease and is characterised by gastric pain and burning of the stomach. In the past few years it has been demonstrated that in many cases of gastric and duodenum ulcers the inflammation of the stomach is caused by a germ called Helicobacter Pylori. The elimination of this germ avoids recurrence of the disease.
Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease
This disease causes intense burning located behind the sternum (retrosternal pyrosis), often accentuated by the bending of the torso and accompanied by pain and acid regurgitation. It is caused by the irregular and persistent passage of acid from the stomach to the esophagus.
Literally meaning "bad digestion", is often caused by a transitory increase of acid secretion. It is controlled by low dosage anti-acids or anti-secretive drugs.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of the most frequent intestinal disorders. It is a "functional" disease, meaning an alteration in intestinal functioning, and occurs more frequently in women than in men. It is characterized by abdominal pain and swelling, alteration in defecation (constipation, diarreah or the alternation of the two). Pain may be continuous or recurrent (colic) and has varying intensities. Often in the same patient, abdominal pain may assume different characteristics, also in relation to precipitant factors (food, anxiety, etc.)