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Frequent Heartburn May Signal More Serious Digestive Problem

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THURSDAY, Nov. 26, 2015 – Every Thanksgiving, lots of people loosen their belts and reach for antacids to quell an overstuffed tummy. But for some, turkey day is just another day of severe or persistent heartburn, and that chronic digestive trouble may be a sign of a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), an expert says. In GERD, the contents of the stomach repeatedly flow back into the esophagus. This causes symptoms such as chronic heartburn, regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, sore throat and morning hoarseness, explained Nancy Norton, president and founder of the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. "The symptoms of GERD can seem so common that many people do not consult with health care providers or mention them during routine exams," Norton said in a foundation news release. "When symptoms often occur two or more times a week, or ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, GERD, Weight Loss, Indigestion, Barrett's Esophagus, Duodenitis/Gastritis, Erosive Gastritis, Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, Hypersecretory Conditions

Don't Let Reflux Ruin Your Thanksgiving

Posted 7 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Thanksgiving can be challenging if you suffer from heartburn, but there are a number of things you can do to have a more pleasant holiday, an expert says. Certain foods are more likely to cause heartburn and chronic heartburn and should be avoided. These items include fatty and spicy foods, onions, garlic, caffeine, chocolate, citrus fruits and juices, and mints, Dr. Juan Carlos Bucobo, director of endoscopy at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, said in a hospital news release. "Overeating and eating too fast will increase the chances of heartburn if you are predisposed. Smaller portions separated over time will decrease the chances you will burn in agony. At the main meal, try using a smaller plate and eating slowly," he said. Alcohol – especially in large amounts and particularly red wine – can worsen heartburn. If you drink, do so in ... Read more

Related support groups: GERD, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Indigestion, Hangover, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Chronic Heartburn Drugs Tied to Higher Risk of Kidney Disease

Posted 27 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 – A common type of heartburn medication called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) seem to be linked with increased risk of chronic kidney disease, two new studies suggest. Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid belong to this class of drugs, which treat heartburn and acid reflux by lowering the amount of acid produced by the stomach. While the current studies have shown an association between these drugs and the development of chronic kidney disease, they did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. Still, the lead author of one of the studies believes, "It is very reasonable to assume that PPIs themselves can cause chronic kidney disease," said Dr. Pradeep Arora, a nephrologist and associate professor at the SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Science in Buffalo, N.Y. "Patients should only use PPIs for [U.S. Food and Drug Administration]-approved indications, and ... Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Type 2, Hypertension, GERD, Omeprazole, Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, Renal Failure, Indigestion, Pantoprazole, Lansoprazole, Prevacid, Dexilant, Aciphex, Chronic Kidney Disease, Zegerid, Rabeprazole, Esomeprazole, Prilosec OTC

Health Tip: Should I Talk to my Doctor About Gas?

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by

-- While everyone has intestinal gas, some people have severe bloating that causes discomfort and other problems. The Mayo Clinic mentions these warning signs that you may need to see a doctor: Intestinal gas that is persistent and severe. Intestinal gas that occurs with vomiting. Long-term diarrhea, bloody stool or constipation. Weight loss for no apparent reason. Heartburn. Read more

Related support groups: GERD, Diarrhea, Constipation, Gas, Abdominal Distension, Weight Loss, Colitis, Indigestion, Constipation - Chronic, Hemorrhoids, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Constipation - Acute, Diarrhea, Chronic, Anal Fissure and Fistula, Infectious Diarrhea, Duodenitis/Gastritis, Diarrhea, Acute, Functional Gastric Disorder, Acute Abdomen

Health Tip: Identifying Symptoms of GERD

Posted 24 Jun 2015 by

-- 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, Duodenitis/Gastritis, NSAID-Induced Ulcer Prophylaxis, Erosive Gastritis, Hypersecretory Conditions

Popular Heartburn Meds Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Attack

Posted 10 Jun 2015 by

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

-- 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

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

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

-- 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

Related support groups: GERD

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

Posted 25 Nov 2014 by

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

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

Take Heartburn Medicines Before Breakfast for Best Effect

Posted 11 Jun 2014 by

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

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

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

Posted 6 May 2014 by

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

Related support groups: GERD, Constipation

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

Posted 31 Mar 2014 by

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

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

Related support groups: GERD, Omeprazole, Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, Zantac, Pantoprazole, Ranitidine, Lansoprazole, Dexilant, Prevacid, Pepcid, Aciphex, Famotidine, Vitamin B12 Deficiency, Heartburn Relief, Rabeprazole, Zegerid, Zantac 150, Esomeprazole

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