Category Archives: Proton Pump Inhibitors

Acid Reflux News Roundup: Night Time Heartburn – Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Lawsuit – New Cause of GERD

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from www.remedydaily.com

Night Time Heartburn

There a number of advantages in sleeping on your left side, one of which is reducing the likelihood of night time heartburn. This is due to the way the stomach is positioned in relation to the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which controls food passing from the esophagus into the stomach. When working properly, the LES keeps the contents of the stomach, including acidic digestive juices, from back-flowing into the sensitive esophagus. This causes the burn of heartburn.

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> Heartburn – Antidepressants May Be The Answer

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I’ve written here, about a drug I have been prescribed for acid reflux called amitriptylene (generic name Elavil), which works miracles in relieving my heartburn symptoms, at least temporarily. It comes from a family of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants which have been in use since the 1950’s. In olden days they were also prescribed for bedwetting apparently, so I should be ok in that department too…

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> Proton Pump Inhibitors – Timing Is Important

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I don’t know about you, but I cannot go without breakfast – I have to eat something, and since taking my heartburn / acid reflux seriously, it’s usually porridge with a little bit of fruit. I haven’t, however, ever thought about taking proton pump inhibitors ( PPI’s ) – the standard fare of long term heartburn / acid reflux sufferers – early in the morning ( I have, on Doctor’s orders, been taking them before my evening meal).

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> Are Proton Pump Inhibitors Safe?

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With thanks to www.http://dissidentvoice.org

Well, I have been on a strict 30 mg Lanzoprozole (proton pump inhibitor) regime for the last 5 weeks (together with 10 mg of amitriptylene daily) and I have to admit my acid reflux has been so much better. Apart from occasional bouts of low grade heartburn, which has generally been sorted by a couple of tablespoons of  Apple Cider Vinegar or gulps of Gaviscon Advance (recommended by my doctor), and sporadic sore throat / phlegm, I have been pretty much free of symptoms. I visited my GP today, and she has reduced the dose to 15 mg of Lanzoprozole per day with a recommendation I continue to deal with any heartburn as I have been doing.

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>More Evidence Against Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s)

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A recent article published in RefluxMD discusses the latest research into the adverse effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s). This adds to mounting evidence that PPIs increase the risk of pneumonia and Clostridium difficile infections. In the article, they describe how acid suppressive drugs are often used in intensive care patients who require mechanical ventilation to decrease the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding from stress-induced ulcers. A sample of these patients who were prescribed either PPI’s or less powerful H2 blockers were monitored for infections. The outcome – The patients given PPIs were more likely to have pneumonia, C. diff, and GI bleeding compared to patients given H2 blockers.

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