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Q. I know PPIs have tons of side effects, but the trouble is I've taken them for years. Now I am stuck with them. I've tried to get off of them several times, and each time it ended in failure.... (Read More)
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People with serious heartburn, also known as GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, are often at higher risk for a condition called Barrett's esophagus. The cells lining the lower part of the esophagus become abnormal and physicians worry that they could... (Read More)
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Exercise has been linked to a lower likelihood of developing cancer of the esophagus. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic reported this week that after analyzing four studies they found a 32 percent reduced risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma in the people... (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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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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Q. I'm trying to find out what causes heartburn and how best to treat it. Is it caused by eating too fast? Can heartburn cause heart attacks? My boyfriend has discomfort nearly every night. A guy he works with has... (Read More)
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Q. Why is it that doctors (even my gastroenterologist) are not aware of the severe heartburn side effects of Ambien? It seems that in some people, this drug causes a malfunction of the esophageal sphincter. I took Ambien daily for... (Read More)
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Q. I am just recovering from a terrible cough and infection that my doctor diagnosed as walking pneumonia. This is the second time I have come down with pneumonia, and my doctor has warned me to stop taking Prevacid. He... (Read More)
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A person who has repeated heartburn may be told the doctor needs to take a look at the esophagus through a procedure known as an upper endoscopy. This is frequently done to diagnose Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), one of the... (Read More)
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Q. I have taken a variety of drugs for acid reflux. If I try to stop, the heartburn comes roaring back and the pain is unbearable. I also have terrible bad breath even though I brush my teeth three times... (Read More)
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Q. Your readers would be better off doing some scholarly research rather than trying home remedies to replace FDA-approved heartburn medicine like Nexium, Prevacid or Prilosec. It is not likely that it is hard to stop taking these drugs. If... (Read More)
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Acid-suppressing drugs have become the go-to drugs for digestive distress. Medications such as Prilosec and Prevacid were once only available by prescription. Now these brands and their generic equivalents omeprazole and lansoprazole are easily accessible over the counter and doctors... (Read More)
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Q. Here in the U.S., I get acid reflux about every other day. Even bland food can set it off. I treat it occasionally with ranitidine. When I'm in Thailand, however, I eat the spiciest food I've ever put to... (Read More)
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Q. For years my doctor prescribed Prilosec and then Nexium for my reflux. He never mentioned anything about side effects and made it sound like a super-safe drug that I could take indefinitely. I lost my insurance, so I switched... (Read More)
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Q. I was on reflux drugs like omeprazole (PPIs) for over ten years and even had surgery for severe reflux. I was determined to get off the PPIs, so I started drinking ginger tea, eating crystallized ginger when acute pain... (Read More)
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Q. I have been diagnosed with a bad case of acid reflux. I am not supposed to eat citrus fruits, tomatoes or tomato-based foods. Those are the staples of my diet. I put tomatoes in almost everything. There go pastas,... (Read More)
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Older people are often prescribed powerful acid suppressing drugs called proton pump inhibitors. These PPIs include over-the-counter drugs like Prilosec and Prevacid or prescription medications such as Nexium or Protonix. Such acid suppressors are often taken to control reflux, heal... (Read More)
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Acid suppressing drugs may have an unexpected complication. A series of case reports linking proton pump inhibitors to low magnesium levels is worrisome. PPIs may interfere with magnesium absorption from the digestive tract. When magnesium levels drop too low, symptoms... (Read More)
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