Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and H2 blockers are GERD medications which decrease the amount of stomach acid produced and released. As mentioned previously, conventional help for GERD focuses on control of stomach acid.
They are to be taken for 14 days straight, not occasionally when you need them.
At the time of this writing, the ingredients in these medications are not readily available online, so please read the product packaging carefully. Of the ones I could find, the inactive ingredients In Prevacid may be artificial colors, gelatin (beef allergy alert!), sugar, talc, starch, and preservative. Nexium also contains gelatin.
The most common side effects of PPIs, according to www.medicinenet.com are:
Serious allergic reactions such as face swelling, throat tightness or difficulty breathing may happen.
Other side effects may be:
It is because of the side effects of these drugs and other medications
that you, the consumer, should always read the information leaflets that
are provided with any medication.
Proton pump inhibitor medication leaflets say that it is important to use the lowest doses and shortest duration of treatment necessary for the condition being treated.
But how many people stay on these drugs long-term? If you don’t try to fix the problem, it most likely is not going to spontaneously go away. To try to fix the problem causing your GERD, review the causes and see if you can improve diet or lifestyle factors.
You can see that PPIs are not the answer for a cure for GERD, since they are meant to be used for less than a year and they have some side effects that might be worse than the reflux. Instead, try to eliminate the cause of frequent reflux and heartburn and maybe you won’t need medication.
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