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Common Rx Class Linked to Kidney Disease
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are quickly becoming the treatment of choice for many US patients with heartburn and acid reflux. But these patients may unknowingly be putting themselves at risk for serious complications.
When Heartburn Gets Serious
It may be easy to pop a pill for heartburn for the convenience of not having to stop eating spicy and acidic foods, but this convenience may come at the price of good health.
Getting the Right Rx Dose to Treat GERD
Treating gastric reflux with over-the-counter (OTC) medication might not bring relief, even though the medications might be similar to the prescription brands.
Heartburn Meds for Any Size
Heavier set individuals are more likely to have acid reflux. But it is unclear whether reflux medicines are enough to stop heartburn and other symptoms in the overweight and obese.
Extra Pounds Don't Affect Heartburn Rx
Overweight and obese patients are at risk for a number of health conditions, including​ heartburn and two kinds of acid reflux. Could their weight affect how well their medications treat those conditions?
Do Acid Reflux Drugs Cause Diarrhea?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the public that popular acid reflux and reflux drugs are associated with a higher risk of Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea.
Prevacid Fails to Control Asthma
Sometimes hunches do not work out, even in science. Using Prevacid ( Lansoprazole ) may not be effective in helping to treat poorly managed asthma in children.
Drugs Can't Keep the Liquids Down
Heartburn and regurgitation (when stomach fluids rise back to the mouth) are the usual signs of acid reflux disease. The most popular acid reflux drugs may work well to stop heartburn, regurgitations is another story.
Stopping the Burn Might Break a Bone
It's important to take care of your heartburn because it could lead to worse problems, including cancer. Doctors often give patients certain drugs for their heartburn. Yet, like many other drugs, heartburn medications can have some serious side effects.
You're Losing Your Metal
The FDA is informing the public that prescription proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs may cause low serum magnesium levels ( hypomagnesemia ) if taken for prolonged periods of time (in most cases, longer than one year).