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Using Reglan can make you depressed

You can’t turn on the TV these days without hearing that the heartburn medication Reglan, also known by the generic name metoclopramide, has been linked to the serious involuntary movement disorder, Tardive Dyskinesia. But the drug also carries another serious warning – it can cause depression and suicidal thoughts. Reglan was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of gastrointestinal conditions such as chronic heartburn, severe acid reflux or GERD, nausea, and gastroparesis. One year ago, after numerous reports of people using Reglan developed the often permanent and debilitating movement disorder, the FDA placed a black ... Read More

Acid reflux drugs provide temporary relief but can cause adverse reaction

Severe acid reflux or heartburn can be painful and bothersome with symptoms that range from chest pain or a burning esophagus to hoarseness and sore throat. There are several methods to treat the condition such as manipulating the stomach acid secretion by neutralizing the acid, blocking the Histamine2 to stop acid production, or blocking the gastric proton pump. While the host of over-the-counter and prescription drugs to treat acid reflux can bring temporary relief, long-term use of acid reflux drugs can lead to some alarming adverse reactions. Long-term use of antacids can disrupt the body chemistry. Continually reducing the amount ... Read More

Long-term use of Reglan can cause serious neurological problems

For nine years, Valerie (not her real name) was prescribed and took Reglan (metoclopramide) to control her acid reflux. The drug was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the 1980s to treat various digestive tract conditions such as severe heartburn and gastroparesis, or the delayed emptying of the stomach contents. As the drug became more widely prescribed, the FDA began receiving reports that the drug may cause a neurological disorder. Despite the warning signs, it took the FDA almost 30 years to investigate and act. In that time, more and more patients were developing a serious involuntary ... Read More

New device uses radiofrequency to offer relief to GERD sufferers

Mederi Therapeutics Inc. is launching an innovative new radiofrequency device for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. Mederi’s Stretta is a balloon catheter with a needle that delivers radiofrequency energy. The system is inserted into the esophagogastric junction, or the sphincter controlling the entrance of food into the stomach, and prevents stomach acids from backing up into the esophagus. The radiofrequency waves work to restore the function of the valve separating the esophagus from the stomach. “Our treatment induces collagen deposition. We create small thermal lesions which reform the lower esophageal sphincter and restore it to ... Read More

Increase in availability of generic drugs may raise safety concerns

The new health care reform bill gives senior citizens a rebate to purchase prescription medications; however, increasing availability of drugs for seniors may cause safety concerns, especially when it comes to generic versions of medication, according to a Huffington Post blog by Edward F. Blizzard. “The Food & Drug Administration’s well-known shortcomings in protecting consumers from dangerous prescription drugs have been illustrated in high-profile examples, like the recent scandal surrounding GlaxoSmithKline’s drug, Avandia, as well as Merck’s drug, Vioxx. These failures often stem from the relative weakness of the FDA as a regulatory body: overextended and underfunded, the FDA must ... Read More

Chronic cough may be symptom of GERD

Sufferers of gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, often experience symptoms such as heartburn and a sour taste in the mouth. But nearly half of all people with GERD have no symptoms except a chronic cough. Most people dismiss the idea that they even have the acid reflux condition because they have none of the classic symptoms, but many sufferers of chronic cough may find relief when treating themselves for GERD. One man wrote to popular medical question-and-answer columnist Dr. Gott about his dry, hacking cough that seemed to last the entire winter. His allergist gave him a thorough ... Read More

Long term use of heartburn drugs can be dangerous

Millions of people turn to medication to treat the annoying and painful symptoms of heartburn. But doctors say that people who use medications to treat their symptoms should use them with caution and limit use if at all possible. One popular choice in acid reflux treatment are pills known as Proton-Pump Inhibitors. “The dark side of Proton-Pump Inhibitors, because we’ve used so much of them for such a long period of time, is beginning to emerge,” says Dr. Henri Roca of LSU Health Sciences Center’s Family and Integrative Medicine during a interview with WWL-TV in New Orleans. Proton-Pump Inhibitors are ... Read More

New study may lead to different treatments for GERD

Findings from a new study on the causes of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may lead to new way of treating the condition. According to a team of researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, GERD, which causes painful chest pain and heartburn, may be caused by immune system cells causing inflammation. The study showed that gastroesophageal reflux in rats causes tissue in the esophagus to release immune chemicals called cytokines. Those cytokines attract inflammatory cells that cause the uncomfortable symptoms associated with heartburn and GERD. GERD is a condition thought to be the result of an acid burn ... Read More

Non-surgical procedure offers hope to patients with GERD

Patients who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) often have to give up their favorite foods because of bothersome symptoms, which can include chronic heartburn, acid reflux, difficulty swallowing and constant belching. Medications can help but they sometimes come with irritating side effects. But a new procedure is offering hope for patients who suffer from GERD. Dr. David Carroll of Surgical Specialists of Jackson, Miss., offers a completely noninvasive procedure to treat GERD that requires no injection, cutting or penetration of the skin. It is called transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) surgery with the EsophyX device. Dr. Carroll says he has ... Read More

Sleep aids may hinder detection of nighttime GERD

People who suffer from insomnia may want to talk with their doctors about the possibility of having acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) before starting sleep therapy. Research shows that the symptoms of nighttime GERD, such as heartburn and acid regurgitation, may hinder sleep. If the symptoms are not recognized and patients are prescribed a sleep aide, there is a possibility their GERD can worsen, causing complications of the esophagatis, including Barrett’s esophagus and cancer. GERD “disrupts sleep, causes insomnia, and is associated with daytime impairment,” says Dr. Susan M. Harding with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and ... Read More