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    1. Infections, Fractures Linked to Acid Reflux Drugs

      May 10, 2010 -- The popular class of antacids that includes Aciphex, Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix increases the risk of C. diff infection and bone fracture, new studies find. The drugs all are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), the most powerful class of antacid drugs. It's the thi

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    2. 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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    3. 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 esop

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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. Prevacid

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    9. FDA OKs New GERD Drug Kapidex

      Feb. 6, 2009 -- The FDA has approved Kapidex delayed-release capsules as a once-daily treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and for erosive esophagitis, which is GERD-related damage to the esophagus. Kapidex, which is taken orally, belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibi

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    10. GERD Procedures Ditch Scalpels

      Jan. 20, 2009 -- Researchers report promising results for new procedures to treat GERD without making any surgical incisions in the skin. Both treatments are endoscopic, meaning that doctors perform the procedures via a tiny tube passed through the mouth and guided to the junction of the stomach and

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