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Heavy-duty drugs for reflux are widely prescribed. Doctors usually think of medicines like Aciphex, Prilosec, Protonix or Nexium as having few if any side effects. But a new study suggests there may be a link to weaker hip bones.

Drugs to strengthen bones also made headlines. Osteoporosis medicines such as Actonel, Boniva and Fosamax help prevent fractures, but they can be difficult to take. Do the benefits disappear as soon as you stop them?

The People's Pharmacy pediatrician, Dr. Alan Greene, tells us how a child can stop a nosebleed. The People’s Pharmacy herbal expert, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, tells us about dealing with menstrual migraines. And we open our lines for calls from listeners at 888-472-3366!

Guests:

Yu-Xiao Yang, MD, PhD, gastroenterologist and epidemiologist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

Cathleen Colon-Emeric, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at Duke University

Alan Greene, MD, founder and CEO of drgreene.com and Stanford University Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. His book is From First Kicks to First Steps: Nurturing Your Baby’s Development from Pregnancy Through the First Year of Life. www.drgreene.com

Tieraona Low Dog, MD, Director of Education for the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and Clinical Lecturer for the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy www.drlowdog.com

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I have been on prescription prilosec & Previcid for many, many years. I am a 65-year-old woman, and have been diagnosed with osteopenia. Have read that these drugs may play a part in bone loss. I am trying to stop taking it, but have TERRIBLE heartburn when I do. Have read taking dgl licorice can help. How much do you recommend?

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