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Acid Reflux

How Does Baking Soda in Water Fight Swelling?

A dose of baking soda in water signals the spleen to produce anti-inflammatory immune cells. This may help reduce swelling.

Dr. Robynne Chutkan describes the best way to manage your heartburn
Podcasts

Show 1224: What Is the Best Way to Manage Your Heartburn?

Learn the best way to manage your heartburn without relying too heavily on PPI drugs like Nexium or Prilosec. Does diet help?

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Acid Reflux

How Can You Ease Heartburn Symptoms?

You don't have to take a PPI like omeprazole to ease heartburn symptoms. Other medications and some nondrug approaches can help.

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Acid Reflux

What Are Downsides to New Secret Weapon for Heartburn?

We warn a reader to be wary of a secret weapon for heartburn. It turns out to be generic Nexium, and long-term use has potentially serious complications.

famotidine may have a surprising new use against COVID-19
Acid Reflux

Could Famotidine Have a Surprising New Use?

A high-dose IV form of the heartburn medicine famotidine is being tested for a surprising new use. Scientists hope it will help against COVID-19.

spoonful of vinegar to relieve heartburn
Acid Reflux

Can You Relieve Heartburn With Vinegar?

Many people have found they can ease heartburn with vinegar. When will scientists study this remedy so we will know whether or how it works?

Acid Reflux

How a Little Girl Overcame Her Constipation

A mother describes how her young daughter overcame her constipation by following a diet full of fiber-rich vegetables and fruits.

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Acid Reflux

Apple Cider Vinegar Is a Weird Remedy for Heartburn

Taking a spoonful or two of apple cider vinegar mixed in water is a popular remedy for heartburn. While not everyone finds it helpful, many people do.

A woman suffering from heartburn holds her chest
Acid Reflux

Will Intermittent Fasting Give You Heartburn?

Some readers report that intermittent fasting reduces their symptoms of heartburn. For others, however, fasting triggers indigestion.

Dr. Low Dog, expert on essential oils, herbs and supplements
Podcasts

Show 1187: Are Supplements Really a Waste of Time?

Many people take supplements. A major review last summer concluded, though, that they are a waste of time for heart disease. Is that really true?

Nicholas Shaheen, MD, GI expert
abdominal obstruction

Show 1179: What Should You Do About Digestive Distress?

Listen to find out when your digestive distress might signal a serious problem and when you could manage it at home with simple remedies.

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Acid Reflux

Could Soft Drinks Be Killing You?

A large European study found that people who usually had two soft drinks a day were more likely to die prematurely than those who had less than one a month.

Woman with heartburn or a stomach ache holding her abdomen in pain
Acid Reflux

Must You Take Acid Blockers For the Rest of Your Life?

Some people need acid-suppressing drugs forever. That would include those with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. But not everyone needs acid blockers for life.

Man doubled over with heartburn pain holds his stomach
Acid Reflux

Do PPI-Type Acid-Suppressing Drugs Cause Allergies?

A new study from Austria suggests that acid-suppressing drugs cause allergies such as hives. There are even elegant explanations why it could be true.

Young Woman In Pain With Stomach Problems
Acid Reflux

Thyroid Trouble Was Behind Stomach Problems

A reader describes how effective treatment for hypothyroidism reversed low stomach acid and overcame stomach problems and Barrett's esophagus.

Woman with heartburn or a stomach ache holding her abdomen in pain
Acid Reflux

PPIs are Safe! New Study Contradicts Prior Research

PPI confusion continues. One week a study suggests that long-term use of PPIs is linked to serious adverse events. Now we are told PPIs are safe! What's up?

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Acid Reflux

Why Popular Heartburn Drugs PPIs Are Linked to Premature Deaths

Acid-suppressing drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are go-to drugs for heartburn. Should you be concerned that PPIs are linked to premature deaths?

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Acid Reflux

Can You Get Off a PPI Without Suffering Heartburn?

One reader found a way to get off a PPI without withdrawal symptoms: Eat just one low-carb meal a day to reduce discomfort.

a woman with heartburn pain
Acid Reflux

Falling Asleep with Zolpidem | Waking up with Heartburn

Millions of people have insomnia. Many try falling asleep with zolpidem. But the drug can cause indigestion. Waking up with heartburn at night is not nice.

Female hand holding model of human kidney organ at back of body
Acid Reflux

Doctors Deny That PPIs Can Cause Kidney Damage

PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) are great at suppressing acid, relieving heartburn and healing ulcers. But evidence suggests PPIs can cause kidney damage.