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Health Tip: Identifying Symptoms of GERD

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acids back up into the esophagus. The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases mentions these symptoms: Having heartburn. Tasting stomach acid or food in the back of the mouth. Having bad breath. Feeling nauseated, or vomiting. Having difficulty breathing or swallowing. Wearing of tooth enamel. Read more

Related support groups: GERD, Indigestion, Helicobacter Pylori Infection, Barrett's Esophagus, Erosive Gastritis, Duodenitis/Gastritis, NSAID-Induced Ulcer Prophylaxis, Hypersecretory Conditions

Popular Heartburn Meds Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Attack

Posted 10 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 – People who use certain heartburn drugs for a long period of time may have a slightly heightened risk of suffering a heart attack, a new study suggests. Using medical records from nearly 300,000 U.S. adults with acid reflux disease (commonly called heartburn), researchers found that the risk of heart attack was slightly elevated among those using proton pump inhibitors. Proton pump inhibitors are a group of acid-suppressing drugs that include brand-names such as Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium. In 2009, they were the third most commonly used type of drug in the United States, the researchers said. The study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, does not prove the drugs cause heart attack. And experts were divided over what to make of the connection. Another class of heartburn drug – so-called H2-blockers – was not linked to any increase in heart ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Prevent Baby's Spit-Up

Posted 24 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

-- It's common for babies to spit up after eating, since their small digestive tracts may struggle to keep down an entire meal. The Mayo Clinic suggests these tips: Hold baby in an upright position for feedings, and keep the infant upright for 30 minutes after eating. Hold off on playtime, including baby swings. Feed smaller amounts more frequently, avoiding large feedings. Take regular burp breaks from feeding to help get air out of the belly. Even if baby spits up, always put the infant to bed on the back rather than the belly to help prevent SIDS. If you are nursing, make some changes to your diet to see if it helps baby's problem. Read more

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When Babies Spit Up, Don't Panic

Posted 27 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 – Some babies spit up more than others, but it doesn't necessarily mean they have a problem, an expert says. A baby's stomach is small and can tolerate only small amounts of food. As a baby grows, so does his or her stomach and spitting up becomes less common, explained Dr. Josephine Dlugopolski-Gach, an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Also, the esophageal sphincter – the flap that keeps stomach contents from coming back up – is not fully functional in babies, she explained. "Babies typically outgrow spitting up by 6 months. This is when the stomach muscles and the flap that keeps food in the stomach matures. Also, when babies start eating more solid foods and sitting up, spit-up becomes less frequent," Dlugopolski-Gach said in a university news release. "There are medications to help ... Read more

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Teva Receives FDA Approval for First Generic Nexium Delayed-Release Capsules in the U.S.

Posted 26 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 26, 2015-- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TEVA) announces the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the first generic equivalent to Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium) Delayed-Release Capsules in the United States. Teva is preparing to launch the product in the near future. Nexium Delayed-Release Capsules, marketed by AstraZeneca, had annual sales of approximately $6 billion in the United States, according to IMS data as of November 2014. About Teva Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is a leading global pharmaceutical company, committed to increasing access to high-quality healthcare by developing, producing and marketing affordable generic drugs as well as innovative and specialty pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world's leading generic drug maker, with a global product ... Read more

Related support groups: GERD, Nexium, Esomeprazole, Nexium IV

Health Tip: Easing Heartburn During Pregnancy

Posted 29 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

-- While heartburn is a common discomfort of pregnancy, there are things you can do to help keep the problem at bay. The American Pregnancy Association suggests: Instead of three big meals a day, eat smaller meals more frequently. After eating, sit upright for about an hour. Steer clear of foods that are spicy, greasy or high in fat. To help ease heartburn, drink a glass of milk or eat a yogurt. Or mix a tablespoon of honey with a glass of warm milk. Read more

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Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs?

Posted 25 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 – Heartburn drugs such as Prilosec and Nexium may disrupt the makeup of bacteria in the digestive system, potentially boosting the risk of infections and other problems, a small new study suggests. The research doesn't confirm that these changes make it more likely users will become ill, and study authors aren't recommending that anyone stop taking the so-called proton pump inhibitors. However, these antacids "should be used at the lowest dose that provides adequate relief of symptoms, and attempts to discontinue their use should be considered periodically," said study co-author Dr. John DiBaise, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. According to Harvard Medical School, billions of dollars are spent annually on antacid drugs in an attempt to combat heartburn, ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. Old standbys such ... Read more

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Take Heartburn Medicines Before Breakfast for Best Effect

Posted 11 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014 – Many people with heartburn aren't taking their acid-reducing medicine at the right time, which makes the drugs less effective and wastes money, according to new research. Only about one-third of those buying these medications – such as Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec – over-the-counter used them properly compared to just under half of those who were prescribed the drugs by their primary care doctor. Those who were given a prescription by a gastroenterologist were most likely to use the drugs as they're supposed to be used, with seven out of 10 taking the drugs properly, according to the study. These drugs are activated once in the body, said the study's senior author, Dr. M. Michael Wolfe, a gastroenterologist and chair of the department of medicine at MetroHealth System. "In order to activate the medicine, you must eat. For that reason, you take it before ... Read more

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Doctors Often Suggest Pricier, Brand-Name Meds for Reflux: Study

Posted 6 May 2014 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, May 3, 2014 – Doctors often recommend brand-name drugs for acid reflux and chronic constipation instead of cheaper store brands, costing patients more money, a new study finds. The survey included more than 800 gastroenterologists across the United States who were asked about their drug recommendations for patients with the two digestive conditions. The study was funded by generic drug maker Perrigo. The study found that 63 percent of the doctors would recommend an over-the-counter (OTC) drug, rather than a prescription medicine, to treat acid reflux. However, while three-quarters of the doctors felt that OTC brand-name and store-brand proton pump inhibitor drugs were equally effective, 54 percent of them recommended brand-name drugs to patients at least one-third of the time. For chronic constipation, 95 percent of the gastroenterologists said they would suggest OTC ... Read more

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Pfizer Statement on U.S. FDA Approval of Over-the-Counter Nexium 24HR

Posted 31 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

Friday, March 28, 2014 - Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved over-the-counter Nexium 24HR (esomeprazole 20mg) marking a key step towards providing those who suffer from frequent heartburn broader access to a brand doctors and patients have trusted for years. In 2012, Pfizer acquired exclusive global rights from AstraZeneca to market non-prescription Nexium. The addition of Nexium 24HR to the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare portfolio expands the breadth of categories in which we help consumers better manage their health, and extends the value of the world’s leading prescription acid blocker brand. “Switching medicines, whenever appropriate, from prescription to non-prescription status improves access, empowers consumers to care for their own health and is an important strategy for Pfizer,” said Paul Sturman, President, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. “The FDA approval of N ... Read more

Related support groups: GERD, Nexium, Heartburn Relief, Esomeprazole

Acid-Reflux Drugs Tied to Lower Levels of Vitamin B-12

Posted 10 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2013 – People who take certain acid-reflux medications might have an increased risk of vitamin B-12 deficiency, according to new research. Taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to ease the symptoms of excess stomach acid for more than two years was linked to a 65 percent increase in the risk of vitamin B-12 deficiency. Commonly used PPI brands include Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid. Researchers also found that using acid-suppressing drugs called histamine-2 receptor antagonists – also known as H2 blockers – for two years was associated with a 25 percent increase in the risk of B-12 deficiency. Common brands include Tagamet, Pepcid and Zantac. "This study raises the question of whether or not people who are on long-term acid suppression need to be tested for vitamin B-12 deficiency," said study author Dr. Douglas Corley, a research scientist and gastroenterologist at ... Read more

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Generic Aciphex Approved to Treat Chronic Heartburn

Posted 8 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 8 – The first generic versions of the anti-GERD drug Aciphex (rabeprazole sodium) have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for people aged 12 and older, the agency said Friday. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as chronic heartburn, is a very common disorder characterized by backward flow of stomach acid to the esophagus. This process could damage tissue in the esophagus, the tube that connects the throat and stomach. License to produce generic rabeprazole was granted to Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals, Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Torrent Pharmaceuticals, the FDA said. The drug is among a class called proton-pump inhibitors, which are designed to reduce the amount of stomach acid produced. Generic drugs, the FDA stressed, are equivalent to the brand-name versions in ... Read more

Related support groups: GERD, Aciphex, Rabeprazole

Chronic Heartburn May Raise Odds for Throat Cancer: Study

Posted 23 May 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 23 – People who suffer from frequent heartburn may be at increased risk for cancers of the throat and vocal cords even if they don't smoke or drink alcohol, a new study says. Interestingly, common over-the-counter antacids seemed to protect against these cancers while prescription medications such as Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid didn't, the researchers said. "There has been a controversy about whether heartburn contributes to cancers of the larynx or pharynx," said lead researcher Scott Langevin, a postdoctoral research fellow at Brown University in Providence, R.I. "And we found out that it does elevate the risk of these cancers. There is about a 78 percent increase in the risk for cancer in people who experience heavy heartburn," he said. "This is important in figuring out who to monitor more closely." The other finding, which Langevin called "surprising," was the ... Read more

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FDA Approves Aciphex Sprinkle (rabeprazole sodium) For Use in Children Ages 1 to 11

Posted 16 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

Woodcliff Lake, NJ, March 26, 2013 - Eisai Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Aciphex Sprinkle Delayed-Release Capsules 5mg and 10mg for the treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) in children 1 to 11 years of age for up to 12 weeks. “We are proud to offer a new treatment option for young children who suffer from GERD,” said Lonnel Coats, president and CEO of Eisai Inc. “Eisai is committed to keeping the medical needs of patients and their families at the forefront of all that we do, as part of our human health care (hhc) corporate mission.” The approval of Aciphex Sprinkle is based on the results of a clinical trial of pediatric patients 1 to 11 years of age. The clinical trial was a multicenter, double-blind, parallel-group study conducted in 127 pediatric patients with endoscopically-proven GERD that consisted of a 12-week ... Read more

Related support groups: GERD, Aciphex, Rabeprazole, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Health Tip: Before You Take This Heartburn Medication...

Posted 5 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

-- A proton pump inhibitor, a drug commonly taken for heartburn, may cause side effects. The American Academy of Family Physicians lists these factors to consider before using a proton pump inhibitor (PPI): If you're a postmenopausal woman, talk with your doctor because a PPI could increase your risk for bone fractures. If you've been treated for a C. difficile infection, check with your doctor because PPIs may increase the risk of the infection returning. If you have problems with your immune system or are elderly, check with your doctor because PPIs may increase the risk of pneumonia. Read more

Related support groups: GERD, Omeprazole, Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, Pantoprazole, Dexilant, Prevacid, Lansoprazole, Aciphex, Rabeprazole, Zegerid, Esomeprazole, Prilosec OTC, Prevacid SoluTab, Dexlansoprazole, Kapidex, Zegerid OTC, Omeprazole/Sodium Bicarbonate, Protonix IV

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