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Could Common Heartburn Drugs Up Stroke Risk?

Posted 15 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 – A popular category of heartburn medications – including Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec and Protonix – may increase your risk of stroke, a new study suggests. Known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), these drugs increased people's overall stroke risk by 21 percent, said study lead author Dr. Thomas Sehested. However, the risk appears to be driven by people who take high doses, added Sehested, research director at the Danish Heart Foundation in Copenhagen. "People treated with a low dose of PPIs did not have a high risk of stroke," he said. "Those treated with the highest doses of PPIs had the highest risk of stroke." The extent of risk also depends on the specific PPI taken. At the highest dose, stroke risk ranged from 30 percent for lansoprazole (Prevacid) to 94 percent for pantoprazole (Protonix), the researchers said. Takeda Pharmaceutical, the maker of ... Read more

Related support groups: GERD, Heart Disease, Ischemic Stroke, Omeprazole, Nexium, Dementia, Prilosec, Protonix, Indigestion, Zantac, Alzheimer's Disease, Pantoprazole, Ranitidine, Dexilant, Lansoprazole, Prevacid, Transient Ischemic Attack, Pepcid, Barrett's Esophagus, Aciphex

Beware of Bleeding Risks With Antacids Containing Aspirin

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 6, 2016 – Antacids that contain aspirin may cause stomach or intestinal bleeding in rare cases, U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said Monday. Since it issued a warning about serious bleeding risk with aspirin in 2009, the FDA has recorded eight new cases of serious bleeding caused by aspirin-containing antacid products sold over-the-counter, which include Alka Seltzer and Bromo Seltzer. In some of those cases, patients required a blood transfusion, the agency said in a news release. "Take a close look at the Drug Facts label, and if the product has aspirin, consider choosing something else for your stomach symptoms," Dr. Karen Murry Mahoney, deputy director of the division of nonprescription drug products, said in the release. "Unless people read the Drug Facts label when they're looking for stomach symptom relief, they might not even think about the possibility ... Read more

Related support groups: GERD, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Advil, Aleve, Indigestion, Motrin, Excedrin, Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Tums, Milk of Magnesia, Alka-Seltzer, Aggrenox, Vicoprofen, Caltrate, Duodenitis/Gastritis, Fiorinal, Advil PM

Health Tip: Is it Indigestion?

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you've eaten too much or indulged in a food that's greasy, fatty or spicy, you may have an uncomfortable feeling known as indigestion. Here are common symptoms, courtesy of the Cleveland Clinic: A burning sensation in the stomach or upper abdomen. An acidic taste in the mouth. Pain in the abdomen. Occasional diarrhea. Bloatedness or gassiness. Vomiting or nausea. Growling stomach. Read more

Related support groups: GERD, Omeprazole, Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, Indigestion, Zantac, Pantoprazole, Ranitidine, Dexilant, Lansoprazole, Prevacid, Pepcid, Tums, Milk of Magnesia, Aciphex, Caltrate, Duodenitis/Gastritis, Famotidine, Heartburn Relief

Health Tip: Talk to Your Doctor About Heartburn

Posted 31 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Your doctor can suggest ways to cope with heartburn, but it's up to you to start the conversation. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Ask about recommended over-the-counter heartburn medications. Discuss possible causes and triggers of your heartburn, and what you can do to manage it. Talk about lifestyle changes that you can make. Ask about other health conditions that could be causing your heartburn. Discuss your favorite foods and whether they may be contributing to your heartburn. Read more

Related support groups: GERD, Indigestion, Duodenitis/Gastritis, Erosive Gastritis, Hypersecretory Conditions

Clues to How Popular Heartburn Drug Might Harm Arteries

Posted 10 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 – A popular over-the-counter heartburn medication accelerated aging of blood vessel cells in lab tests, raising red flags about its long-term effect on heart health, researchers say. Faster aging of blood vessel cells exposed to the antacid Nexium (esomeprazole) might potentially hinder the tasks these cells perform to prevent heart attack and stroke, the new study suggests. These lab results could explain why other studies have shown increased risk of heart disease in people who use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) – the class of heartburn medication that includes Nexium, said study senior author Dr. John Cooke. "Our finding that the lining of blood vessels is impaired by proton pump inhibitors is a unifying mechanism for the reports that PPI users are at increased risk for heart attack, stroke and renal failure," said Cooke, chair of cardiovascular sciences at the ... Read more

Related support groups: GERD, Omeprazole, Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, Indigestion, Pantoprazole, Dexilant, Lansoprazole, Prevacid, Tums, Milk of Magnesia, Aciphex, Caltrate, Duodenitis/Gastritis, Rabeprazole, Vimovo, Esomeprazole, Calcium Carbonate, Zegerid

Could a Low-Risk Surgery Help Your Chronic Heartburn?

Posted 30 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – A minimally invasive surgery to treat chronic heartburn is safer than generally believed, and could be a desirable alternative to long-term use of acid reflux medications, new research indicates. Scientists found the death rate following so-called laparoscopic fundoplication surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, was far lower than the 1 percent often quoted. Experts contended the surgery might be underutilized, especially in light of increasing safety concerns about acid reflux drugs. "One of the main arguments against surgery when choosing between [drug] and surgical treatment for severe GERD is the risk of mortality," said study author Dr. John Maret-Ouda. He is a physician and doctoral student in upper gastrointestinal surgery at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. But, "this study found only one death associated with [this surgery] among ... Read more

Related support groups: GERD, Indigestion, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Endoscopy, Barrett's Esophagus, Duodenitis/Gastritis, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Erosive Gastritis, Duodenitis/Gastritis with Hemorrhage, Hypersecretory Conditions

Widely Used Heartburn Drugs Linked to Dementia Risk in Study

Posted 15 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 – A popular class of heartburn medications might raise a senior's risk of dementia, a new study suggests. Called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), this group of drugs includes Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid. They work by lowering the amount of acid produced by the stomach. But German researchers found that people 75 or older who regularly take the medications had a 44 percent increased risk of dementia, compared with seniors not using the drugs. The study only found an association, however, and not a cause-and-effect link. "To evaluate cause-and-effect relationships between long-term PPI use and possible effects on cognition in the elderly, randomized, prospective clinical trials are needed," said corresponding author Britta Haenisch, from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn. In the meantime, "Clinicians should follow guidelines for PPI ... Read more

Related support groups: GERD, Gas, Omeprazole, Nexium, Dementia, Prilosec, Protonix, Indigestion, Alzheimer's Disease, Pantoprazole, Stomach Ulcer, Dexilant, Lansoprazole, Prevacid, Gastric Ulcer, Aciphex, Peptic Ulcer, Duodenitis/Gastritis, Prevpac, Mild Cognitive Impairment

Frequent Heartburn May Signal More Serious Digestive Problem

Posted 29 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

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

Chronic Heartburn Drugs Tied to Higher Risk of Kidney Disease

Posted 27 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

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, GERD, Hypertension, Omeprazole, Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, Indigestion, Renal Failure, Pantoprazole, Dexilant, Lansoprazole, Prevacid, Chronic Kidney Disease, Aciphex, Duodenitis/Gastritis, Rabeprazole, Esomeprazole, Zegerid

Health Tip: Identifying Symptoms of GERD

Posted 24 Jun 2015 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, Duodenitis/Gastritis, Erosive 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

Related support groups: GERD, Omeprazole, Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, Indigestion, Pantoprazole, Dexilant, Lansoprazole, Prevacid, Aciphex, Duodenitis/Gastritis, Rabeprazole, Esomeprazole, Zegerid, Prilosec OTC, Dexlansoprazole, Prevacid SoluTab, Kapidex, Erosive Gastritis

Fecal Transplant Helps Fight Off Dangerous Gut Infection: Review

Posted 4 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 – Though saddled with an undeniable "yuck factor," fecal transplantation appears to be a safe and effective way to combat a serious intestinal infection, according to a new review. Fecal transplantation, also known as fecal bacteriotherapy, is a procedure that involves the removal of stool from a healthy donor and infusion of that stool – and all the healthy bacteria it contains – into the microbial environment of the sick patient. Specifically, the review found that for recurrent infections caused by the bacteria Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), the intervention is successful 85 percent of the time. Fecal transplants also helped 55 percent of patients for whom standard drug treatments didn't work. C. difficile can be picked up in hospitals and doctors' offices, and in 2011 the bacteria was to blame for 500,000 infections and 29,000 deaths, according to the ... Read more

Related support groups: Diarrhea, Colitis, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Bowel Preparation, Diarrhea, Chronic, Clostridial Infection, Erosive Gastritis

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