What Should You Do if You Use a PPI?

Many medical professionals are now advising patients only to use PPIs when medically necessary and to not rely on them for long periods of time. Speak with your doctor about the risks of taking these medications, and explore any alternatives. Non-drug treatments for symptoms include the following: Avoiding food and alcohol within three hours of bedtimeElevating the head of the bedAvoiding... read more?

What is the history of PPIs?

Omeprazole was the first PPI to hit the market in 1988, followed by Lansoprazole, which came to the US in 1995. Decades later, more is known about the risks associated with taking these medications. The following timeline outlines new information about the risks associated with the drugs: May 25, 2010: The FDA published information regarding the link between long-term use of PPIs and an... read more?

What is the Problem with Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec?

Proton Pump Inhibitors work by blocking acid buildup in the stomach, relieving symptoms such as heartburn, cough, upset stomach or other side effects of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD. PPIs can be purchased over the counter, so no prescription is necessary. Unfortunately, long-term use of these medications may cause issues with a person’s ability to absorb vital nutrients and could... read more?

What is a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI)?

Proton Pump Inhibitors, or PPIs, are commonly used to treat certain stomach and esophageal problems, such as acid reflux. You may know them by brand names such as Prilosec, Prevacid or Nexium, also known as the “Purple Pill.” They are found in medicine cabinets across the nation, in fact, 15 million people in the United States alone are taking these drugs. PPIs are not only part a... read more?