By: Joe Graedon June 19, 2017 4 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: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 1 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 April 17, 2017 11 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: 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: 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 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 18 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 8 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: Joe Graedon December 19, 2016 17 Comments
    Is the FDA Biased Against Dietary Supplements?

    Will your vitamins or dietary supplements hurt you? Millions of Americans take multivitamins, herbs or other supplements every day. Most people don't worry about possible dangers from these pills. Man…

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2016 8 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 November 22, 2016 0 Comments
    Can Common Medications Contribute to Kidney Ston…

    Anyone who has ever experienced kidney stones knows that this is something to avoid. Some people have described the pain as an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10. "Worse than childbirth" is the way one woman ch…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2016 48 Comments
    What Are the Benefits of Cinnamon and Honey?

    Some of the most interesting discoveries are due to serendipity.¬†That applies not only to scientists working in a lab whose lucky accident opens a new line of research. (Imagine Alexander Fleming and…

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2016 10 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: Joe Graedon September 19, 2016 10 Comments
    How to Ease Indigestion Without PPIs

    Q. Because of concerns about side effects of PPI acid-suppressing drugs, I have switched to Tums. I rely on two or three of these antacids to control my heartburn. Is that safe? What else could I do? …

    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: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 10 Comments
    Boswellia Eased Arthritis Pain but Triggered Hot…

    You may not have heard of boswellia, but we'll bet you have heard of frankincense.¬†This dietary supplement¬†has been used for a variety of symptoms including inflammation. This reader reported that i…

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2016 15 Comments
    How Can You Stop Acid Suppressing Drugs Without …

    As complications from proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) accumulate, people are getting worried. Millions of people take medications¬†like dexlansoprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantopraz…

    By: Joe Graedon April 28, 2016 21 Comments
    Are PPIs Messing Up Your Kidney Function?

    Gastroenterologists and drug companies love proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These drugs help calm heartburn, reduce irritation from reflux and heal ulcers. So much money has been made from drugs like d…

    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: 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: Terry Graedon January 14, 2016 10 Comments
    Do Heartburn Drugs Disturb Bacterial Balance in …

    Popular heartburn medications can disrupt bacterial balance in the digestive tract. Comparing Twins: A new study of British twins compared stool samples from more than 900 pairs. When one twin took a …

    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 November 2, 2015 1 Comments
    Best Choices Is Back in Stock

    We are happy to announce that our book, Best Choices From The People's Pharmacy, is now back in stock at the People's Pharmacy store. This 524-page volume is our most comprehensive publication and is …

    By: Joe Graedon July 13, 2015 11 Comments
    Drug Interaction Could Lead to Disastrous Osteop…

    Doctors may not always keep up with the latest research on drug side effects. To an extent, that is understandable. A busy family practice physician, internist or OB/GYN may have to see more than 20 p…

    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: Joe Graedon March 2, 2015 3 Comments
    Sauerkraut Juice Subdues Stubborn Heartburn

    Q. One "old wives' tale" remedy for heartburn is sauerkraut juice. I think homemade works the best. Are there other natural remedies for heartburn? A. Homemade sauerkraut juice contains probiotic orga…

    By: Joe Graedon January 29, 2015 4 Comments
    Generic Competition Appears for Nexium

    The purple pill, also known as Nexium, has just gotten nose-to-nose competition. The FDA has recently approved the first generic formulation of esomeprazole. The manufacturer will be Ivax, a subsidiar…

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2014 21 Comments
    Surprising Help for Holiday Heartburn

    Did you overdo it yesterday? Come on, be honest. If you're like most people you probably overindulged in turkey, ham or duck. Did you go back for seconds of stuffing or cranberry sauce? How about dess…

    By: Joe Graedon November 24, 2014 6 Comments
    Heartburn from High-Dose Vitamin D

    Q. My doctor prescribed 50,000 IU of vitamin D weekly because a blood test showed I am deficient. This pill gives me heartburn, and it seems like a big dose. Is there any reason I can't take a smaller…

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2014 7 Comments
    No Vacancy at the Heartburn Hotel

    When's the last time you sat down to a leisurely dinner with the family? Nowadays, that seems like a fantasy from Norman Rockwell. Americans eat on the run. With pressure to work late, lots of after-s…

    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 June 9, 2014 12 Comments
    For This Reader, Almonds Help Heartburn More Tha…

    Q. I read about using almonds for heartburn, and I've found it works great, better than any over-the-counter medicine I've ever tried. (I am leery of the prescription meds due to food allergies and me…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2014 6 Comments
    Papaya Enzyme for Better Digestion Cools Hot Fla…

    Q. My wife and I have found that papaya enzyme is a quick solution for heartburn and upset stomach and calms the effects of niacin. I have been in a heart study for the past 13 years. I started with f…

    By: Terry Graedon October 7, 2013 11 Comments
    Cabbage Juice Remedy Cured Chronic Heartburn

    Q. After my first pregnancy, I had terrible heartburn. I was quite miserable; nothing I tried worked well enough. I wasn't sleeping properly because of the reflux, so I decided to visit my doctor as a…