Heartburn and reflux medicine are very popular. Some of the drugs, like those in the PPI class (short for “proton pump inhibitor”), are so effective at clamping off acid in your stomach that they suppress it for 24 hours straight in some cases.
For many years, only adults took these drugs, but today, well-meaning parents have placed their babies and toddlers on acid blockers, per doctors orders. Why? Because for example, the baby spits up, or cries after eating, and the pediatrician recommends an acid blocker. Did you know that sometimes the problem is related to improper size on the nipple on the baby’s bottle? It can cause gasping and gagging as too much air is swallowed while the baby eats, so I wonder if your baby is taking a drug he doesn’t need. Just a thought. The point here is, a growing number of our population is taking a medication that causes some side effects. I’d like to offer protection. (more…)
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a $13 billion-a-year industry in the US. There were 119 million prescriptions written for these drugs in 2009. Omeprazole and lansoprazole are also available over the counter. PPIs are indicated for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett esophagus, and peptic ulcer disease, and to aid in the eradication of Helicobacter pylori overgrowth. They may also be prescribed for symptoms sometimes associated with GERD such as chronic cough, asthma, and chest pain.
Generic and brand names include:
esomeprazole (Nexium) (more…)
Just how common is heartburn?
Heartburn is pretty common. In fact, it may be the most common digestive disorder in the United States. (1) The National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Digestive Diseases tells us that:
- 60 million people experience heartburn at least once a month.
- 25 million experience symptoms daily. (more…)
Did you know that drugs for heartburn and indigestion are among the most frequently prescribed medicines in America? Sure, these drugs can temporarily cool that burning sensation. (more…)