Avoiding GERD Meds’ Side Effects

Ways that GERD can be prevented and treated almost entirely without taking pills

Why take a drug when you can change your diet? In the case of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), many sufferers choose to pop a pill and risk side effects, such as heart disease, vitamin deficiency and bone fractures. But medical experts have found that by eliminating certain foods from the diet, adding others and watching portion size, GERD can be prevented and treated almost entirely.

Let’s look at the facts: A whopping 64 million prescriptions are written for GERD each year, according to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Nexium, a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) which acts to reduce stomach acid production, is the third-most commonly prescribed drug in the United States, accounting for $6.1 billion in sales in 2013, according to research firm IMS Health. In May, a new over-the-counter Nexium product — Nexium 24HR — became available, making Nexium more accessible to adults who suffer from frequent heartburn. (Heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD.)

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Geri Anne Fennessey

Geri Anne Fennessey

Geri Anne Fennessey is a New York City-based freelance writer and communications consultant.


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