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Antacids May Improve Head and Neck Cancer Survival

Posted 2 Dec 2014 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 – Using antacids to control acid reflux may improve head and neck cancer patients' chances of survival, a new study suggests. The researchers examined the effects that two types of antacids – proton pump inhibitors and histamine 2 blockers – had on head and neck cancer patients. More than two-thirds of the nearly 600 patients in the study took one or both types of the antacids after their cancer diagnosis. Acid reflux – commonly known as heartburn – is a common side effect of chemotherapy or radiation treatment, according to the researchers. Proton pump inhibitors include drugs such as Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid, while histamine 2 blockers include drugs such as Tagamet, Zantac and Pepcid. Compared to patients who didn't take antacids, those who took proton pump inhibitors had a 45 percent lower risk of death, according to the researchers. They also found ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Food and Drugs Interact

Posted 27 Feb 2014 by

-- When food and drinks interact with medication, the medication may not work sufficiently or the drug can become too powerful as the body has trouble handling it properly. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these common examples of food and drug interaction: Grapefruit juice interacts with several drugs and may affect the way the body metabolizes medication. Drugs that may interact with grapefruit juice include: some statins, antihistamines, thyroid medications, blood pressure medications, birth control pills, cough suppressants and medications that block stomach acids. Blood-thinning medications can interact with leafy green vegetables, affecting the blood's clotting ability. Natural black licorice may interact with certain blood pressure medications and blood-thinning medications. Salt substitutes can interact with ACE inhibitors and digoxin. Tyramine (found in foods ... Read more

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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

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Antihistamines Adding to Drug Pollution in Streams

Posted 2 Apr 2013 by

TUESDAY, April 2 – Antihistamines and other medicines disrupt the ecosystems of streams, a new study finds. "Pharmaceutical pollution is now detected in waters throughout the world," lead author Emma Rosi-Marshall, a scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., said in an institute news release. "Causes include aging infrastructure, sewage overflows and agricultural runoff. Even when wastewater makes it to sewage treatment facilities, they aren't equipped to remove pharmaceuticals." "As a result, our streams and rivers are exposed to a cocktail of synthetic compounds, from stimulants and antibiotics to analgesics and antihistamines," Rosi-Marshall said. The researchers examined how some common medicines affect similar-sized streams in New York, Maryland and Indiana. The medicines included the antibiotic ciprofloxacin, the diabetes drug metformin, two ... Read more

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Antihistamine Meds May Raise Risk for Diarrheal Illness

Posted 29 Mar 2013 by

FRIDAY, March 29 – Patients who take antihistamines to reduce stomach acid are at increased risk for infection with Clostridium difficile, a common cause of diarrhea, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed the findings of 33 previous studies that looked at C. difficile and antihistamines used to suppress stomach acid. People who took over-the-counter antihistamine drugs did not have a significantly increased risk of C. difficile infection. However, a clear link existed between histamine 2 receptor antagonists – a specific class of antihistamines – and C. difficile infection. The risk for people on these drugs – also known as H2 blockers – was greatest for hospitalized patients receiving antibiotics, said the researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The study was published online March 27 in the journal PLoS One. "It's not clear why these antihistamines increase the ... Read more

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Which Hospital Patients Need Drugs to Prevent Gastrointestinal Bleeding?

Posted 10 Jan 2013 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 10 – Researchers have developed a scoring system to help doctors determine which hospital patients can be prescribed stomach acid-suppressing drugs to prevent gastrointestinal bleeding and which patients should not be given such medications. Gastrointestinal bleeding in hospital patients is rare, but it is dangerous and potentially fatal, according to the study authors. Although the use of acid suppressants to prevent gastrointestinal bleeding in patients who are not critically ill is not widely recommended, the medications are commonly used for this purpose, said Shoshana Herzig and colleagues at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The study was published online recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The researchers analyzed data from more than 75,000 hospital patients admitted over three years and found that gastrointestinal bleeding ... Read more

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No One Treatment for Acid Reflux Clearly Better Than Another: Study

Posted 29 Sep 2011 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 29 – Medications are effective for most patients with acid reflux disease, but some surgical options may be just as effective, according to a review of studies on current treatments for this common condition. Acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, occurs when the contents of the stomach – including burning acid – chronically spill up into the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms such as a persistent cough, laryngitis and asthma. Acid reflux disease may afflict as many as 4 percent of Americans, resulting not only in a sometimes significant financial drain but also more serious long-term consequences such as esophageal cancer, according to background information in the report released Sept. 23 by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Obesity, ... Read more

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New Uses Found for Old Drugs

Posted 17 Aug 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17 – Many drugs already approved to combat certain illnesses may also be helpful in treating a slew of other seemingly unrelated health problems, a new study indicates. Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine used computers to pair drugs with all illnesses for which they might be beneficial. They argued their findings make the case for drug repositioning – or the use of existing drugs to boost progress on the development of new treatments – for other serious conditions. One high-profile example of how a drug can be used to treat conditions for which it was not originally intended involves Viagra. This medication was first developed to treat heart problems. It turned out that Viagra is also effective in treating erectile dysfunction as well as a lung disorder called pulmonary hypertension. The researchers from Stanford, however, sought to predict ... Read more

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Heartburn Drugs May Raise Pneumonia Risk

Posted 21 Dec 2010 by

MONDAY, Dec. 20 – Popular heartburn drugs, including proton pump inhibitors and histamine-2 receptor antagonists, may raise the risk of pneumonia, new research finds. Researchers in Korea analyzed the results of 31 studies on heartburn drugs published between 1985 and 2009. "Our results suggest that the use of acid suppressive drugs is associated with an increased risk of pneumonia," said Dr. Sang Min Park of the department of family medicine at Seoul National University Hospital in Korea. "Patients should be cautious at overuse of acid-suppressive drugs, both high-dose and long duration," he added. Sales of these enormously popular drugs – the second best-selling category of medications worldwide – reached nearly $27 billion in the United States in 2005, according to background information in the study, published Dec. 20 in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Proton pump ... Read more

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Right Match of Drug, Doctor Can Boost Reflux Outcomes

Posted 12 Jan 2010 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 21 – Chronic heartburn caused by acid reflux is one of the most common complaints among Americans, and a new study outlines which approaches appear to work best to ease patients' suffering. The Danish study found that people with the condition – formally called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – typically feel best when placed on medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) by a doctor with whom they have a good rapport. "The treatment we have isn't always perfect," conceded Dr. Maria T. Abreu, professor of medicine and chief of the division of gastroenterology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, who was not involved in the study. She agreed that communicating well with patients can go a long way toward increasing their satisfaction, because reflux treatments don't always relieve all symptoms. If doctors said that up front, patients "might be ... Read more

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