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FAQs About NDMA and the Recalls of Zantac, Metformin and More

Over the past decade, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has initiated or supported recalls on a handful of drugs, including metformin, ranitidine (Zantac), angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB) (valsartan, losartan and irbesartan), varenicline (Chantix), rifampin (Rifadin) and rifapentine (Priftin) — which treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions,…

How Herbs Can Help You Get Off Acid Reflux Drugs

When Rocky Angelucci first went on Prilosec for his acid reflux, he considered it “a miracle drug,” wiping out his sore throat and other symptoms. But over the next decade, whenever he tried to go off the drug, he’d feel even worse than before he started taking it. “I felt…

Acid Reflux Drugs Tied to Higher Kidney Disease Risk

An analysis of an FDA side effects database has found that taking proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs such as Prilosec (omeprazole) and Nexium (esomeprazole), used to treat acid reflux, is associated with an increased risk of kidney disease. Researchers examined data from the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) database….

Healthy Alternatives to Holiday Heartburn

In honor of thanksgiving, MedShadow Foundation founder Su Robotti and Content Manager Jonathan Block discuss how to fight that overstuffed feeling without reaching for harsh medication like PPIs (Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, etc.).

Diet Change More Effective Than Meds for Acid Reflux

If you suffer from acid reflux and turn to medication for relief, new research indicates that a change in diet is more effective in reducing that burning sensation than drugs, but without the side effects. People with laryngopharyngeal reflux – acid that travels up the esophagus to reach the throat…

5 Common Drug Classes for Seniors to Avoid

More than 30 medications and drugs classes are potentially inappropriate for seniors given that their risks outweigh their benefits. A few years ago, I wrote about my friend’s mother, an energetic 90-year-old who had suddenly started falling and was speaking of being done with life. The mother had started on…

Taking Heartburn Drugs Long-Term

The most popular acid reflux medications — proton pump inhibitors like Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid, which are taken daily — can have serious side effects.The federal Food and Drug Administration has issued numerous warnings about proton pump inhibitors, saying that long-term use, defined as a year or more, increases the…

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