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    1. Common Heartburn Drugs Linked to Kidney Disease

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who use certain drugs for chronic heartburn may be at increased risk of developing kidney disease, a new study suggests. The research is the latest to highlight potential risks from drugs called proton pump inhibito

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    2. Could a Low-Risk Surgery Help Chronic Heartburn?

      By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A minimally invasive surgery to treat chronic heartburn is safer than generally believed, and could be a desirable alternative to long-term use of acid reflux medications, new research indicates. Scientists found the d

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    3. Heartburn Meds Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A type of heartburn medication called proton pump inhibitors may be linked to long-term kidney damage, a new study suggests. Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid belong to this class of drugs, which treat heartburn and acid ref

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    4. Heartburn Drugs Tied to Higher Kidney Disease Risk

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A common type of heartburn medication called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) seem to be linked with increased risk of chronic kidney disease, two new studies suggest. Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid belong to this class of

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    5. Popular Heartburn Meds Tied to Heart Attack Risk

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who use certain heartburn drugs for a long period of time may have a slightly heightened risk of suffering a heart attack, a new study suggests. Using medical records from nearly 300,000 U.S. adults with acid reflux

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    6. FDA OKs First Generic Version of Heartburn Drug

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The first generic version of the heartburn drug Nexium (esomeprazole) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Ivax Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., received approval to

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    7. Could Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs?

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Heartburn drugs such as Prilosec and Nexium may disrupt the makeup of bacteria in the digestive system, potentially boosting the risk of infections and other problems, a small new study suggests. The research doesn't conf

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    8. Take Heartburn Medicines Before Breakfast

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many people with heartburn aren't taking their acid-reducing medicine at the right time, which makes the drugs less effective and wastes money, according to new research. Only about one-third of those buying these med

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    9. 10 Tips for When Your Meds Trigger Heartburn

      If you take any prescription or over-the-counter medications, you may have side effects. And one of them can be heartburn -- that burning in your chest or throat that happens when acid flows up from your stomach. Don’t assume you’ll just have to live with it. Make a list of all the medications you t

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    10. Why Tobacco Use May Make Heartburn Worse

      You’ve cut out the pizza and chili dogs, lost weight, and raised the head of your bed. But your heartburn just won’t go away. Before you reach for a new bottle of antacids, you can do one more thing that might help: Quit smoking. A large study found that smokers were much more likely than nonsmokers

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