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  1. FDA Warns of Maalox Mix-up Danger

    Feb. 17, 2010 - At least five "serious adverse events" occurred in people who took Maalox Total Relief thinking it was Maalox antacid, the FDA warns. The two over-the-counter drugs are not the same. Maalox Total Relief contains bismuth subsalicylate, a drug with aspirin-like side effects that includ

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  2. GERD-Related Injury May Have Immune Trigger

    Nov. 23, 2009 -- Stomach acid may only be part of the problem when it comes to esophagus injury related to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). A new study suggests that an immune system response may be the real culprit behind reflux esophagitis.  Researchers say it's been assumed that reflux eso

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  3. Job Stress Brings Gastrointestinal Problems

    Oct. 27, 2009 -- Stress can be hard on your gut. And that may be especially true when the work environment is extraordinarily stressful -- such as cleaning up after the 9/11 attacks or serving in the military, according to researchers who have found a link between these stressful jobs and gastrointe

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  4. Study: Heartburn Drugs OK With Plavix?

    Aug. 31, 2009 -- Heart patients who take the anti-clotting drug Plavix may safely take an acid-reducing proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drug, an analysis of two previously reported studies suggests. The new findings seem to contradict several recent studies showing negative outcomes in heart patients wh

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  5. Study: Acid Reflux Drugs Cause Rebound Symptoms

    July 2, 2009 -- Proton pump inhibitors are highly effective treatments for acid reflux symptoms, but taking prescription-strength dosages of the drugs for just a few months can lead to dependency, new research suggests. Healthy adults in the study with no history of acid reflux symptoms -- such as c

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  6. Acid Blockers Linked to Pneumonia Risk

    May 26, 2009 -- An estimated 33,000 deaths a year from hospital-acquired pneumonia may result from the practice of routinely prescribing proton pump inhibitors and other acid-suppressing drugs during hospitalization to patients who don't need them. Use of acid-reducing drugs was associated with a 30

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  7. Heartburn Drug Prevacid Goes Over the Counter

    May 14, 2009 -- The FDA has approved the heartburn drug Prevacid 24HR for sale without a prescription, according to Novartis, the drug company that makes Prevacid 24HR.  Prevacid 24HR is taken once daily to treat frequent heartburn, which is heartburn that happens at least two days per week. Prevaci

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  8. The Special Risks of Nighttime Heartburn

    For the past seven years, Dave White of Easthampton, Mass., has slept with his head and chest uncomfortably propped up on a pile of pillows. "It's the most difficult part of living with this condition," White says. "There are times when I've almost wept from the frustration of having to sleep [this

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  9. Treatment Tips for Occasional Heartburn Sufferers

    You eat a big meal out, late at night. You indulge in seconds and then thirds, have a few too many glasses of wine or cups of coffee, and then go to bed on a full stomach. Wake up a few hours later, and the pain is screaming upward from your chest into your throat. You groan: Sleep is impossible. Yo

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  10. Treatment Tips for Severe, Chronic Heartburn

    No matter what you eat, you worry that chronic heartburn will always be there. You've tried all the antacids, followed a bland diet, given up on certain foods completely. But still you wake up in the middle of the night, sometimes with pain deep in your throat, other times with a sore throat and tro

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