September 20, 2004 |
Heartburn, indigestion, ulcers and other gastric disorders affect 1 in every 20 people, and U.S. patients fork over more money for treatment -- about $13 billion every year for prescription drugs -- than for almost any other type of medication. But easing the symptoms can take time. The pills' thick coatings -- necessary so the medication isn't destroyed by the stomach's powerful acids -- delay the drugs' absorption until they get to the intestine. Now a low-tech discovery happened upon by a university pharmacologist has led to the reformulation of some of the gastric reflux drugs with baking soda.
July 20, 2009 |
My doctor just prescribed Prevacid for acid reflux. I am reluctant to take this medicine because I have heard it might lead to weakened bones. I already have severe osteoporosis because of a lengthy course of cortisone. This drug caused significant bone loss, so I am now taking Fosamax. I would hate to undo the benefits I have gotten on Fosamax, but the drug does cause bad heartburn. I feel caught in a dilemma. A surprising number of medicines have a negative effect on bone density.
April 19, 2004 |
You get home from work late with a pepperoni pizza in your arms. You sit down, shake some chili pepper flakes onto the pizza and begin to indulge, washing down the pizza with a beer or two. Perhaps you top it off with a cup of coffee. It's late, and so you head to bed. Bad move. You may pay for your late-night indulgence, waking up in the wee hours with heartburn, the hallmark of acid reflux, or what doctors call GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease. Your biggest mistake?
August 16, 1999 |
Heartburn. That deep, irritating sensation that creeps from your stomach toward your neck, creating pressure and leaving a nasty acid taste in the back of your throat. More than 60 million Americans report paying the price for overindulging in fatty or spicy food with heartburn symptoms at least once a month. Most don't give it much thought.
October 13, 2008
Thank you for your piece on the rise of acid reflux disease in America ["Gut Check for Reflux," Oct. 6]. Just a look around confirms what the study you cite says: Americans are becoming increasingly afflicted with acid reflux. I began to suffer from it at the age of 22, and several of my friends did shortly thereafter. What bothers me about all of the research on acid reflux (and other illnesses) is our national obsession with obesity. Virtually every medical study I see attributes another trend to fat people, and I think it's a cop-out.
October 18, 2005 |
A type of surgery to treat acid reflux disease, a chronic cause of heartburn, is showing a high degree of long-term success, according to a study published Monday. Of 1,340 people who underwent a laparoscopic procedure, in which a small tube is inserted into the abdomen, 93% said they were satisfied with the long-term results. Patients in the study, conducted at University Hospital in Angers, France, were followed on average for more than seven years after the surgery.