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Q. I have had severe heartburn problems for 15 years. I have tried Nexium, Prilosec and many other over-the-counter medicines. I knew that coffee triggered my heartburn, but I could not give it up. After one bad attack I started... (Read More)
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Q. I read about the person who thought she suffered from heartburn, self-treated with antacids, and died in her sleep of a heart attack.  I can't tell you how close I came to being such a victim. I also thought... (Read More)
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Q. I read about using almonds for heartburn, and I've found it works great, better than any over-the-counter medicine I've ever tried. (I am leery of the prescription meds due to food allergies and medication sensitivities.) I have also tried... (Read More)
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Q. My wife and I have found that papaya enzyme is a quick solution for heartburn and upset stomach and calms the effects of niacin. I have been in a heart study for the past 13 years. I started with... (Read More)
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Q. I solved my acid reflux problem with an answer that had been in your column a few years ago: almonds. I had just had a bad experience with a medication called Dexilant. It made my acid reflux ten times... (Read More)
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Licorice has been around for thousands of years. The plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra) from which it is derived was found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs and was treasured by healers in the ancient Middle East. The father of modern medicine,... (Read More)
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Q. How do I get off Nexium? My doctor had me taking it twice a day and told me to cut back to one. I've had terrible heartburn, even though I started taking Zantac. Do you have any tips for... (Read More)
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Q. Doctors believe Ambien is a relatively benign sleeping pill, but it wreaked havoc with my stomach. The bloating was the worst, followed closely by the acid reflux and extreme eructation (burping beyond belief). It has been three years since... (Read More)
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Q. Could you please send me remedies that work for acid stomach? I now take Prilosec and Zantac, but I would prefer to deal with this problem naturally. A. There are a number of natural approaches to easing indigestion. Here... (Read More)
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Q. My great-grandmother brought a folk remedy for upset stomach with her from Norway. When I was little and had a bellyache, I'd be given a tablespoon of cider vinegar plus a tablespoon of honey dissolved in a bit of... (Read More)
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Between now and New Year's is a dangerous time of the year. Think about it for a moment. On Thursday, there are likely to be too many cooks in the kitchen. Everyone wants to be helpful on Thanksgiving day, but... (Read More)
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Q. Can you tell me how much acid is in bananas? My doctor told me not to eat them because they could cause acid reflux problems. I love half a banana in my cereal. I've been eating this for years... (Read More)
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When your doctor hands you a prescription, do you ask about the exit strategy? Most people don't, but perhaps you should. Some drugs are very difficult to quit once you have been taking them for a while. And we're not... (Read More)
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Q. After my first pregnancy, I had terrible heartburn. I was quite miserable; nothing I tried worked well enough. I wasn't sleeping properly because of the reflux, so I decided to visit my doctor as a last resort. I was... (Read More)
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Q. I am weaning myself from 10 years of taking Nexium. I thought it would be easy. Ha! I asked my Dr. how to do this and he said just quit and if you have problems, take Zantac. I am... (Read More)
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Q. Who would have dreamed that the very odd suggestion of vinegar in water would actually work for heartburn? I tried several home remedies (including pickled ginger and ginger tea) but they didn't help. After a bad acid reflux episode... (Read More)
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Even though their names sound a bit like invaders from outer space, drugs like Nexium and Protonix have become extremely popular. These proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) include dexlansoprazole (Dexilant), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec) and rabeprazole (AcipHex). Such drugs are the... (Read More)
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Q. My acid reflux was so severe that I was on four prescription acid suppressors a day. I could not sleep more than an hour at a time because the reflux would wake me. If I did sleep, I'd have... (Read More)
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Q. I spent years swallowing PPIs like omeprazole for reflux and Barrett's esophagus. My gastroenterologist says the abnormal cells in my esophagus have now healed, so I decided to wean myself off the acid-suppressing drugs. It was surprisingly easy using... (Read More)
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How would you know if your medicine was putting you at risk for heart disease? This might seem as simple as looking on the official labeling, but you might be surprised to learn that the FDA, which is in charge... (Read More)
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