The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD or heartburn)

Are Drug Companies Making a Killing on Convenience?

Pharmaceutical manufacturers have faigured out another way to make money. Are some drug companies making a killing by combining inexpensive OTC ingredients?

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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.

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Acid Stomach (heartburn)

What Are the Risks of PPIs for Children?

A new study suggests that there may be some unexpected risks of PPIs for young children. They have more infections when they take acid-suppressing drugs.

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Drug Side Effects

European Drug Regulators Recalling Zantac (Ranitidine) – FDA Not Yet!

Why are drug regulators recalling Zantac in Canada and Europe? Why is the FDA biding its time? Is there a reason to worry about a carcinogen in ranitidine?

Nicholas Shaheen, MD, GI expert
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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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Drug Side Effects

Viagra (Sildenafil) Triggers Both Erections and Heartburn

The erectile dysfunction drugs relax smooth muscle. The result is both erections and heartburn, helpful and undesirable effects.

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Bulky Bowel Movements

How Do You Feed Your Microbiota?

An intriguing study reveals that what you feed your microbiota influences the variety of microbes in your intestines. The relationships are unique to you.

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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.

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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.

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Acid Reflux

PPIs and Kidney Damage | Nephrologist Spanks GI Doc

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are popular with GI doctors. But is there a link between PPIs and kidney damage? What about PPIs and kidney stones?

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Acid Reflux

Do You Swallow a Spoonful of Mustard for Heartburn?

Strange but true: Taking a spoonful of mustard can often alleviate heartburn symptoms. This remedy also appears to be effective for muscle cramps.

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Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

The Dangers of Diclofenac and Other NSAID Pain Relievers

A Danish study reviews the dangers of diclofenac and finds that it can harm the heart and digestive tract. Are topical NSAIDs like Voltaren Gel any safer?

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Acid Reflux

PPI Side Effects Continue to Scare Us To Death

PPI side effects keep accumulating. The latest news relates to liver damage. Will these acid-suppressing drugs attract the FDA's attention any time soon?

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Drug Side Effects

Are New Drugs Rushed to Market Without Adequate Safety Studies?

How concerned are you about FDA oversight of new drugs? Is the FDA doing a good job requiring drug companies to follow up on drug safety tests? New data!

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Acid Reflux

What Do You Do When Your Specialists Disagree?

Have you ever been caught in the middle of an argument? It's an uncomfortable place to be. When specialists disagree, patients are left holding the bag.

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Acid Reflux

Turmeric in Milk Prevents Stomach Upset

The traditional Indian remedy of drinking turmeric in milk can provide anti-inflammatory benefits with causing digestive distress.

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Drug Side Effects

Do Zolpidem (Ambien) Side Effects Include Horrible Heartburn?

If patients are warned about Zolpidem (Ambien) side effects they may be told about morning hangover or driving impairment. Indigestion may not be mentioned.

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Drug Side Effects

Can PPI Heartburn Drugs Harm Kidneys Without Early Symptoms?

A new study suggest that long-term use of potent acid-suppressing drugs (PPIs) may increase the risk of chronic kidney disease without much warning.

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Acid Reflux

Does Ranitidine Have the Same Risks as a PPI?

Ranitidine (Zantac) can help control heartburn. It has fewer serious side effects than the popular PPI medicines like omeprazole, but it can interfere with vitamins.

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Acid Reflux

How to Prevent Heartburn with Green Tea

One reader discovered that a daily cup of green tea could prevent heartburn. Could it work to help you with GERD or acid reflux?