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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.

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The information on probiotics you have shared is good to know. Many of us have concerns with aging and the medical conditions associated with taking drugs, both prescription and non. Do you have information on meds such as Fosamax and any side effects or health risks associated with say 5 to 10 year use of this medication?
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PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: THE CURRENT ADVICE IS THAT FIVE YEARS ON A BISPHOSPHONATE MEDICATION LIKE FOSAMAX GIVES THE MAXIMUM BENEFIT FOR THE LEAST RISK. THE MOST WORRISOME RISKS INCLUDE HEARTBURN AND ESOPHAGEAL IRRITATION, JAWBONE DEATH AND ATYPICAL FEMUR FRACTURE. THE LAST TWO ARE QUITE RARE AND ASSOCIATED WITH LONG-TERM USE. THERE ARE ALSO ISSUES WITH MUSCLE AND JOINT PAIN. SEE FOSAMAX IN OUR DRUG LIBRARY.

What product do you suggest is the best to take for constant heartburn? I see the person above used Probiotics, but what brand is the best one? Or can you suggest a few? Thank you!~

I am very interested in what probiotics could do for intestinal health. Where can I find more information on this? Does it matter whether the product is refrigerated? What criteria should I be looking for? I've had diverticulitis attacks occasionally and would love to see the end of that problem. Used to have acid reflux, but seem to have that under control now with food combining.

I read your article about reflux drugs. I have been on Prilosec for about a year and have tried to wean myself off of them. I seem to have worse reflux than before I started taking the Prilosec. Your article suggested Probiotics, ginger capsules and DGL to ease symptoms.

I don't know where to find those supplements. I went to Walgreens and found a bottle that was labeled Probiotics, but the suggested usage was not for reflux. I didn't buy it. What is Probiotics? Do I need to take all three items you suggested in the article? I am 70 yrs old and am on Crestor, 10 mg. I also take 1200 mg of Calcium, multi-vitamin, CO Q10, B-12, 200 mg of D-3 a day. Thank you.

Darlene

The word probiotics covers many types of helpful bacteria in yogurts and OTC capsules. Which probiotics is the writer taking to ease heartburn?

Glad for whatever works. Yet it's possible to have reflux without symptoms. Please have an endoscopy soon.

I've seen Kefir used for bowel problems, I wonder if it works well for stomach acid?

Do you recommend any particular probiotic? Are some probiotics better than others?

I have found that RANITIDINE (a prescription medication) takes care of my acid reflux. I take one - 300 mg tablet in the morning before going to work, and another one just before going to bed. I don't have any more problems. Go to your doctor and request this medication. I say this because it really works for me.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: RANITIDINE IS ALSO AVAILABLE WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION, UNDER THAT NAME OR UNDER THE BRAND NAME ZANTAC.

I suffered from heartburn, constipation and bloating. A friend suggested I start drinking Dan Active. After about three weeks, I realized I wasn't constipated, no longer had heartburn, and the bloating was almost gone. I drink one Dan Active a day. I've thrown out all the pills.

Thanks for the advice on Dan Active. My doctor started me on Culturelle Probiotics when he gave me an antibiotic. I love it... no more bloating, stomach pain or gas. The only thing is, I don't know if I should keep taking it after I'm off the antibiotic. I wish I could but am afraid long-term might not be good.

You can take probiotics forever if you wish they keep your gut healthy.

I am interested in Probiotics. I recently received a magazine selling a pill with 16 Probiotic Strains.

What should the consumer look for in a Probiotic? Are 16 different strains needed?
The article listed: Lactobacillus: gasseri, casei, salivarius, brevis, bulgaricus, paracasi, acidophilus, rhamnosus, plantarum. Bifidobacterium: infantis, bifidum, longum, breve, laactis.

Which strains are really important?

Thank you for your radio program. Your tips are very helpful. I quit taking Fosomax last November after reading and hearing your information on the lack of benefit after taking it for over five years.

I have Lactose Intolerance problems. It took me months to figure it out as I've loved milk and ice cream forever. Not only did my stomach get upset 30 minutes or so after eating ice cream or milk in my breakfast cereal, but when I had ice cream for dessert at night, the next day, I usually had diarrhea and an upset stomach. I quit milk, but can eat a little lactose free ice cream with a lactose tablet.

About 3 years ago I read about probiotics and how well they work for indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, etc., I decided to give it a try. I bought Sedona Labs, iFlora Multi-Probiotic Formula Capsules on the Internet. I'm not plugging these but answering the several above that asked about what kind, where to buy, etc.

To my skeptical belief, I was surprised that taking one with my evening meal started working within 3 or 4 days. My bowel movements became more regular, I've not been constipated since, and seldom have diarrhea. I now can eat a little more lactose free ice cream without the lactose tablet, and have eaten regular ice cream with a lactose tablet, with very few stomach problems. I can eat all the pizza I want with no problems. I've mentioned this to friends, those that tried it say it has helped them also.

As the People's Pharmacy has stressed many times, what works for one person may not work for another. So try at your own risk please.

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