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Antacids, Antibiotics Given to Infants May Lead to Allergies

Infants are more likely to develop childhood allergies if they are given antibiotics or antacids like Zantac (ranitidine) or Pepcid (famotidine), according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers examined health care records of nearly 800,000 children born between October 2001 and September 2013. Around 9% of the kids…

FDA Committees Wary of OTC Analgesic-Antacid Products as Hangover Remedy

Two FDA advisory committees have suggested that over-the-counter products that contain both a pain reliever and an antacid should not be indicated as a treatment for hangovers due to side effect concerns. By a 15-5 vote, members at a joint meeting of the FDA’s Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee and the…

Strangely, acid may ease the burn

“Did you know you will experience symptoms of heartburn if you make too much acid, but also if you are deficient? Weird but true. Healthy amounts of stomach acid keep the tiny trap door shut between your stomach and esophagus. This sphincter is pH sensitive and in a healthy person,…

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