By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2017 20 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 10 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 24 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: 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 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 April 17, 2016 12 Comments
    When Is It Best to Take Nexium?

    If you are a conscientious patient, you pay attention to the instructions you may be provided on how to take your medication. Should it be taken with food or on an empty stomach? At equally spaced int…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2016 29 Comments
    How to Stop Prilosec by Taking Papaya

    Popular heartburn medicines called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can be great for alleviating symptoms. If a person decides it is time to stop taking one of these PPIs, however, the withdrawal can t…

    By: Joe Graedon February 22, 2016 15 Comments
    Why Are Americans Now Worried About New PPI Side…

    Powerful acid suppressing drugs (proton pump inhibitors or PPIs) have been a gold mine for drug companies for decades. But a new report from Germany has a lot of people nervous about a connection betw…

    By: Joe Graedon January 25, 2016 35 Comments
    Should Doctors Worry About Heartburn Drug Danger…

    When powerful acid-suppressing drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) were first introduced in 1989 they were promoted as highly effective and extremely safe. Doctors embraced drugs like Prilosec,…

    By: Joe Graedon January 11, 2016 56 Comments
    Are Your Kidneys in Danger from Heartburn Drugs?

    Here we go again. America's favorite heartburn drugs are in trouble because of a new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine (online, January 11, 2016). The research suggests that regula…

    By: Terry Graedon December 24, 2015 9 Comments
    Heartburn Drugs Upset Bacterial Balance in the G…

    Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs for short, have become a mainstay as heartburn drugs. Once available only by prescription, powerful acid-suppressing drugs such as omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole …

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2015 11 Comments
    Heartburn Drugs Don’t Protect Intestines f…

    Warning: This is a man bites dog story. In other words, it contradicts conventional wisdom. Physicians have long recognized that popular pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen can harm th…

    By: Terry Graedon July 15, 2013 11 Comments
    What Good Is Stomach Acid?

    Q. As a biologist, let me offer my thoughts on heartburn remedies. For all but a few people, suppressing stomach acid with drugs is the last thing to do. I suspect that most heartburn is due to insuff…

    By: Joe Graedon April 18, 2013 15 Comments
    Zolpidem (Ambien) Side Effects & Heartburn

    Visitors to this website alerted us to a surprising side effect of the sleeping pill zolpidem (Ambien) over eight years ago. The unexpected complication is heartburn (acid reflux). Although the offici…

    By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2013 33 Comments
    Addicted to Heartburn Drugs

    Q. I have taken just about every heartburn medicine on the market, including lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec) and pantoprazole (Protonix). My doctor is encouraging me to get off acid-sup…

    By: Terry Graedon March 12, 2012 9 Comments
    Persimmon Punch to Ease Heartburn

    Q. Several months ago I heard about a remedy for heartburn that involved a tea made with persimmons. That's the only ingredient I can remember. I suffer from acid reflux and I am looking for a natural…

    By: Joe Graedon November 21, 2011 0 Comments
    Home Remedies for Holiday Hazards

    Coughs & Colds: As much as we look forward to Christmas and New Years, this time of year can be fraught with unexpected hazards. For one thing, there is the traveling to gather with family and fri…

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2009 6 Comments
    Blocking Stomach Acid Increases Risk of Hip Frac…

    People who take acid-suppressing drugs appear more susceptible to hip fractures. Scientists at Kaiser Permanente compared data from nearly 40,000 patients taking drugs like Prevacid or Zantac to 130,0…

    By: Terry Graedon April 30, 2009 16 Comments
    Heartburn

    Humans have suffered from heartburn for all of history. Hippocrates warned in 400 BC that eating cheese after a full meal could cause indigestion, especially if accompanied by wine. Centuries ago, doc…

    By: Joe Graedon July 17, 2008 21 Comments
    Ginger For Soothing Stomach Disorders

    Q. I've been suffering with a constant swollen sore throat due to acid reflux. I've been on several different acid-suppressing drugs that worked temporarily and then stopped working. Today I tried gin…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2007 50 Comments
    Is Suppressing Stomach Acid Safe?

    The saying goes that when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Doctors may not be carpenters, but when it comes to heartburn, the hammer they wield most frequently is an acid-suppre…