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Common drugs that doctors refuse to take

Just because a medication is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not mean it is safe. In fact, many drugs have been linked to concerning side effects. That’s why it is important for patients to weigh the risks and benefits of all drugs before taking them, including seemingly innocuous over-the-counter medicines. Men’s Health magazine compiled a list of medications that doctors said they wouldn’t take themselves. If you or someone you love is taking any of these, it might be time to discuss your risk with a doctor. Pseudoephedrine – The decongestant that is used to manufacture ... Read More

Heartburn drugs linked to chronic kidney disease

Common heartburn and acid reflux medications including the brands Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid, may cause chronic kidney disease, two new studies suggest. The drugs, which are in a class of medicines known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), have been linked to short-term kidney problems in the past, including acute kidney injury and an inflammatory kidney disease known as acute interstitial nephritis. Researchers said it is not unreasonable to assume that PPIs can also cause chronic kidney disease. The first study involved more than 24,000 people who developed chronic kidney disease between 2001 and 2008. Researchers from the SUNY Buffalo School ... Read More

PPI heartburn drugs linked to heart attacks

Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, used to treat heartburn and acid reflux are the third most prescribed drugs in the United States, with about 21 million prescriptions written annually. Even more people use the drug when you consider sales of over-the-counter varieties of PPIs, such as Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium. But a new study published in the journal PLoS One has found that people taking PPIs are 16 to 21 percent more likely to have a heart attack compared to people who did not take the medication. The study involved about 2.9 million patients from two sources – the Stanford ... Read More

Study links PPI heartburn drugs to heart attacks

Popular heartburn drugs known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, may put users at risk for a heart attack, according to a new study conducted by Stanford University researchers. PPI drugs, which include the brand names Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid, are among the most popular medicines in the world with sales of $14 billion annually. These drugs are sold by prescription and over-the-counter, and about 20 million Americans take them to ease the pain of heartburn. The team of researchers had a suspicion that PPIs could affect heart health after conducting some laboratory studies. They decided to review medical records ... Read More

AstraZenca pays U.S. $7.9 million to settle whistleblower complaint

London, England-based global drug maker AstraZeneca will pay the U.S. $7.9 million to settle a whistleblower complaint that it violated federal healthcare regulations by engaging in an illegal kickback scheme designed to boost sales of its acid reflux medication Nexium. The complaint, filed on behalf of the U.S. government by former AstraZeneca employees Paul DiMattia and F. Folger Tuggle under the False Claims Act, alleges the multinational drug giant paid pharmacy benefit manager Medco Health Solutions for maintaining Nexium as the “sole and exclusive” prescription drug of its kind in Medco’s formularies. AstraZeneca paid Medco in the form of discounts on ... Read More

Long-term PPI use linked to low serum magnesium levels

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is notifying doctors that long-term use of heartburn medications known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, may cause low serum magnesium levels, a condition known as hypomagnesaemia, which can lead to potentially serious health problems such as muscle spasms, irregular heartbeats, and convulsions. The condition is most often seen in patients who have used PPIs for more than a year. PPIs are used to treat acid reflux, heartburn and other gastrointestinal conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach and small intestine ulcers, and inflammation of the esophagus. They work by reducing the amount ... Read More

PPI safety labels include warning for hip, wrist and spine fractures

A class of popular heartburn drugs, known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), will now carry on their safety labels a warning that use of the drugs has been linked to an increased risk for osteoporosis-related fractures of the hip, wrist or spine. Drugs that will now carry this warning include: Aciphex (rabeprazole sodium) delayed-release tablets Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) delayed release capsules Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium) delayed-release capsule and oral suspension Nexium I.V. (esomeprazole sodium) for injection Prevacid (lansoprazole) delayed-release capsules and orally disintegrating tablets Prilosec (omeprazole magnesium) delayed release capsules and oral suspension Protonix (pantoprazole sodium) for injection, delayed-release tablets, and oral ... 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

Heartburn, GERD treatments linked to serious complications

Taking popular medications to treat symptoms of heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may actually make those symptoms worse, according to a recent study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association Institute. Those medications – called proton pump inhibitors (PPI) and known by the brand names Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, and Aciphex – have even been linked to other serious complications such as dizziness, osteoporosis, pneumonia and heart attacks, according to Natural News. The study, conducted by researchers from Copenhagen University, involved 120 healthy participants who took either an inactive placebo or 40 mg of the PPI drugs ... Read More