Q. For twenty-five years I have suffered with acid reflux and have taken strong acid-suppressing drugs, both prescription and over the counter.
I have also suffered five fractures at different times and have osteoporosis of the spine. I had been an avid tennis player, swimmer and walker, in short, a physically active person.
I began taking probiotics several months ago and have had only one night of heartburn. I can sleep flat instead of sitting up. I can even bend over without the acid coming up. I have been cured!
A. The FDA recently issued a caution that long-term use of acid-suppressing drugs may increase the risk of bone fractures. There is very little solid data on using probiotics for treating heartburn, but we are pleased you had such good results.