By: Karen Berger, PharmD, RPh April 14, 2018 7 Comments
    How to Avoid Trouble at the Pharmacy Checkout

    In one of the first scenes of the returning show, Roseanne, Roseanne is sitting at the kitchen table when her husband walks through the door, prescription bag in hand. “Oooh! My favorite! Drugs!” …

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2018 5 Comments
    Skimping on Magnesium May Mean Trouble Sleeping

    How often does a treatment for one problem lead to another problem? We suspect it may be more common than anyone could imagine. Who would guess that low magnesium levels resulting from a heartburn med…

    By: Joe Graedon February 5, 2018 4 Comments
    How To Choose Safe and Effective Over-The-Counte…

    Americans love to play doctor. And the FDA has made it easy. That’s because the agency has allowed Pharma companies to switch many Rx drugs to OTC in a big way. We spend $33 billion on over-the-coun…

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2018 1 Comments
    Do Mothers with Heartburn Have Babies with Asthm…

    Heartburn is a common symptom during pregnancy. New research suggests, however, that pregnant women who relieve their reflux with potent acid-suppressing drugs may precipitate unexpected complications…

    By: Terry Graedon January 8, 2018 4 Comments
    Why Do Cough Lozenges Ease Indigestion?

    Heartburn is hardly a new phenomenon. Humans have probably had to contend with indigestion for as long as the species has existed. Still, it often seems as though 21st century Americans suffer more of…

    By: Terry Graedon December 4, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Your Heartburn Drug Cause Depression?

    Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, are widely used for a range of digestive tract difficulties. These popular pills, including esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec) and p…

    By: Terry Graedon December 4, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Enteric-Coated Peppermint Oil Help Your Dig…

    When you learn that an herbal medicine is helpful for some type of health condition, it may be a little tricky to sort out just which problems it helps. One reader found this especially troublesome wi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2017 4 Comments
    A Pharmacist Remembers a Link Between Omeprazole…

    On November 1, 2017 we sent out a People's Pharmacy Special Health Alert asking the question: "Do Acid-Suppressing Drugs Cause Cancer?" This article was based on new research from Hong Kong (Gut, onli…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2017 14 Comments
    Do Acid-Suppressing Drugs Cause Cancer?

    Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are among the most popular drugs in the pharmacy. Physicians prescribe them to 15 million people every year for ulcers, acid reflux, heartburn and Barrett's esophagus. Th…

    By: Joe Graedon October 12, 2017 51 Comments
    PPI Side Effects Continue to Scare Us To Death

    Have you ever met people who have a hard time admitting they might have made a mistake? Such individuals defend their decisions and actions no matter what the consequences. It feels to us as if the Fo…

    By: Joe Graedon September 18, 2017 3 Comments
    What Do You Do When Your Specialists Disagree?

    Let's face it. We used to be at the mercy of our doctors. If a specialist said "jump," they expected us to inquire "how high?" If a medication was prescribed, we were expected to take it. The fewer qu…

    By: Terry Graedon August 28, 2017 5 Comments
    Will Home Made Ginger Ale Ease Heartburn?

    Every family has at least a few simple remedies that can help in managing everyday problems, from hangnails to heartburn. Which ones did you learn while you were growing up? One reader learned to make…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2017 2 Comments
    Turmeric in Milk Prevents Stomach Upset

    Have you considered taking turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties? Perhaps you've considered it as a way to ease psoriasis instead. Researchers have suggested that turmeric or its principal com…

    By: Joe Graedon July 10, 2017 13 Comments
    How to Use Baking Soda to Ease Indigestion:

    You have seen ads for all sorts of pricey heartburn remedies. Some go to work quickly. Others, like the proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) take quite awhile to stifle stomach acid and relieve symptoms. Whe…

    By: Joe Graedon July 6, 2017 27 Comments
    PPIs and Death: Why Are These Acid-Suppressors s…

    PPIs (aka proton pump inhibitors) remain incredibly popular. These acid-suppressing drugs help heal ulcers. That's a really good thing. For short term use, they're terrific! The trouble is that they a…

    By: Joe Graedon June 12, 2017 22 Comments
    Do Doctors Know How to Help Patients Stop Medica…

    Starting a new prescription is easy. If your doctor tells the pharmacist to write on the label, "take once a day with food," you know exactly what to do. Most people can manage such a simple instructi…

    By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 2 Comments
    What Are the Risks of Pepcid Complete?

    Managing acid reflux can be challenging. You might take a proton pump inhibitor like omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or esomeprazole (Nexium). Chances are, within a few weeks your sympt…

    By: Terry Graedon May 15, 2017 10 Comments
    Will a Gluten-Free Diet Help Your Heartburn Symp…

    Judging from the popularity of medicines like esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) and omeprazole (Prilosec), heartburn symptoms are extremely common. Is there a better way to prevent the re…

    By: Terry Graedon May 11, 2017 1 Comments
    How Breastfeeding Helps Babies Establish Good Di…

    Why should new mothers consider breastfeeding? Pediatricians have been recommending that babies be breastfed exclusively for the first six months if possible. One benefit of breastfeeding is that it …

    By: Terry Graedon May 4, 2017 4 Comments
    Will Aspirin Keep Barrett’s from Turning i…

    Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the tissue lining the bottom of the food tube changes to resemble tissue lining the intestine. It is considered a pre-cancerous condition and is often assoc…

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2017 12 Comments
    Will Spicy Green Tea Stop Your Stomachache?

    How did people treat their heartburn before drugs like omeprazole and esomeprazole? These proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are so good at healing stomach ulcers and easing heartburn that doctors often…

    By: Joe Graedon March 20, 2017 19 Comments
    Will PPIs Protect You from Esophageal Cancer?

    There are new guidelines from the American Gastroenterological Association (Gastroenterology, March, 2017). They inform physicians that best practices require prescribing proton pump inhibitors (PPIs…

    By: Joe Graedon March 6, 2017 22 Comments
    Should You Worry About Kidney Damage with PPI He…

    Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are incredibly popular. By one estimate, nearly 8% of adults took a prescription drug like esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or omeprazole (Prilosec) in the …

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2017 7 Comments
    How to Help Your Heartburn with Persimmon Tea

    Heartburn is an ongoing problem for many people. Gastroenterologists may prescribe a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) such as dexlansoprazole (Dexilant), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec) or p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 8 Comments
    Does Ranitidine Have the Same Risks as a PPI?

    Americans must suffer from an awful lot of heartburn, because drugs to treat this painful condition have been best-sellers for a number of decades. The current favorites are proton pump inhibitors (PP…

    By: Terry Graedon January 26, 2017 0 Comments
    Do People on PPIs Have More Infectious Diarrhea?

    Is it smart to block the production of stomach acid with powerful proton pump inhibitor drugs (PPIs)? Millions of people take these drugs to control acid reflux, ulcers or gastroesophageal reflux dis…

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2017 19 Comments
    How to Overcome Heartburn with Probiotics

    The medications doctors prescribe most frequently for digestive problems may lead to serious side effects. As a consequence, many people would prefer to find natural ways to overcome heartburn. One co…

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2017 5 Comments
    Can You Treat Heartburn in Pregnancy without Har…

    Over the last several decades, acid-suppressing drugs have become extremely popular. Medicines like Tagamet, Pepcid, Prilosec and Nexium 24HR are available over the counter, and many people use them f…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2017 9 Comments
    Is It Safe to Drink Sparkling Water for Acid Ref…

    Heartburn, indigestion or acid reflux all describe a similar type of discomfort: a burning pain behind the breastbone. There are numerous prescription drugs for this problem, including Nexium and Pri…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2017 21 Comments
    How to Help Acid Reflux Without a PPI

    People with serious acid reflux are trapped in a terrible dilemma. To control their uncomfortable symptoms, their doctors prescribe a powerful acid-suppressing drug such as dexlansoprazole (Dexilant),…

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2016 9 Comments
    Add Strokes to the Scary List of PPI Side Effect…

    Proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole, lansoprazole or omeprazole are the most popular treatments for heartburn and reflux disease. It is estimated that 15 million Americans spend $10 billion on su…

    By: Joe Graedon October 17, 2016 13 Comments
    Will Heartburn Drugs Raise Risk for Dementia?

    Will powerful proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) that are widely taken my millions of people every day affect the brain? Do such drugs pose a risk for dementia? This reader asks a disturbing question? Q. …

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2016 14 Comments
    Did Low Levels of Vitamin B12 Ruin A Life?

    Most people rarely think about vitamin B12. It's not part of routine blood testing the way vitamin D is. We have been surprised that health professionals do not routinely request blood tests for vitam…

    By: Terry Graedon September 12, 2016 8 Comments
    How to Prevent Heartburn with Green Tea

    Many Americans take a lot of medications. Wouldn't it be wonderful to find ways to manage some common health problems with simple non-drug approaches? One reader found a way to prevent heartburn with …

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 5 Comments
    Did Nexium Cause Bone Loss and Nerve Pain?

    Whenever you decide to take a new medication, you should know what you will get out of it in terms of benefit and what side effects you might experience. This is especially important for drugs you wi…

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2016 12 Comments
    Can You Trust Your Multivitamin?

    It can be challenging to get all the nutrients you need from food, especially if you are taking medications. That's because many medicines can interfere with vitamin and mineral absorption. Some, like…

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2016 3 Comments
    Can You Fight Heartburn with Yogurt for Breakfas…

    Acid-suppressing drugs like esomeprazole (Nexium) and lansoprazole (Prevacid) are popular because so many Americans have a big problem with heartburn. Although such drugs are frequently effective fo…

    By: Terry Graedon July 25, 2016 13 Comments
    How to Improve Digestive Health with a Poop Tran…

    How do you feel about poop? Most people prefer not to talk about it. That's why we have so many euphemisms: number two, stool, feces, manure, crap or BM for bowel movement. No wonder you probably neve…

    By: Joe Graedon June 20, 2016 14 Comments
    Why Should You Order Your Own Blood Tests?

    Do you know what your vitamin levels are? What about Vitamin B12 in particular? How about thyroid status? Why not order your own blood tests so you can have data on TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), …

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2016 15 Comments
    Can You Conquer Heartburn with Coconut Water?

    How do you ease heartburn? Millions of people take acid-suppressing drugs every day, but the risks from long-term use of medicines like esomeprazole, lansoprazole or omeprazole have gotten a fair amou…