By: Joe Graedon June 19, 2017 5 Comments
    Do Zolpidem (Ambien) Side Effects Include Horrib…

    Zolpidem remains a very popular prescription sleeping aid. When it was only available as the brand name drug Ambien, millions took it to get a "good night's sleep." These days zolpidem (Ambien) side e…

    By: Joe Graedon February 23, 2017 30 Comments
    Can PPI Heartburn Drugs Harm Kidneys Without Ear…

    Millions of people take prescription-strength acid-suppressing medications daily. Millions more take over-the-counter versions. A new study suggests that such PPI heartburn drugs may trigger serious k…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 2 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 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 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: Terry Graedon May 2, 2016 21 Comments
    How to Use Melatonin to Ease Reflux

    Pros & Cons of PPIs: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec) and pantoprazole (Protonix) are commonly prescribed to treat acid r…

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2016 5 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: Joe Graedon April 11, 2016 11 Comments
    Why is the FODMAP Diet Gaining Converts?

    No doubt you have heard of a lot of diets over the years from Atkins and Zone to Ornish and South Beach. We'll bet you have never heard of the FODMAP diet. It just might be your ticket to digestive d…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2016 24 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: Terry Graedon February 18, 2016 12 Comments
    Is Your Heartburn Pill Putting You at Risk of De…

    The news on  proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) used to treat ulcers and serious gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has not been good lately. Researchers have reported long-term side effects such as a…

    By: Joe Graedon June 11, 2015 19 Comments
    Heartburn Medicines Boost Risk of Heart Attacks …

    Here we go again...another serious complication linked to acid-suppressing drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). This time the adverse reaction appears to be an increased risk of heart attacks…

    By: Terry Graedon August 25, 2014 10 Comments
    Probiotics in Active-Culture Yogurt Worked to Ov…

    Q. I have had severe heartburn problems for 15 years. I have tried Nexium, Prilosec and many other over-the-counter medicines. I knew that coffee triggered my heartburn, but I could not give it up. Af…

    By: Terry Graedon June 23, 2014 6 Comments
    Acid-Suppressing Medicine Can Deplete the Body o…

    Q. My doctor prescribed Prilosec for heartburn and I took it for about a year. After discontinuing the Prilosec I was feeling very tired. The blood work that was done showed I had very low magnesium l…

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2013 7 Comments
    Drugs for GERD Can Deplete the Body of Crucial V…

    Some of the most common pills in the pharmacy might deplete the body of a crucial nutrient. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are powerful acid suppressors and are prescribed for stomach ulcers and seve…

    By: Terry Graedon July 18, 2011 3 Comments
    Plavix and Nexium Don’t Mix

    Q. You might wish to tell readers to beware taking both Plavix and Nexium. After installing a stent near my heart, my doctor said no changes were needed in my list of medications, even though I would …

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2011 198 Comments
    Getting Off Omeprazole

    Q. Do you have a diet for helping me survive omeprazole detox? Your book Best Choices alerted me to the dangers of the drug and I want to end my addiction. When I forgot to take the drug two days in a…

    By: Terry Graedon May 19, 2011 18 Comments
    Patients Have Options for GERD Treatment

    People who suffer severe gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD are sometimes encouraged to have antireflux surgery. The other common option is long-term medication with a powerful acid-suppressing d…

    By: Terry Graedon December 23, 2009 23 Comments
    Getting Off Drugs for GERD Requires Strategy

    Q. I have GERD and I have been on Nexium for several years. Before Nexium I took Tagamet, Zantac, and Prilosec, in that order. I have tried to get off of this medicine several times, and I have been u…