November 16, 2010

Treatments for Heartburn

Heartburn is a common complaint in today’s fast-paced, fast food world.? The feeling of burning in your upper stomach, perhaps in your throat…the tightness in your chest or even trouble swallowing…all can be symptoms of heartburn. When the acid pumps in your stomach are overactive, it starts to erode the esophagus, which is responsible for keeping acid down in the stomach. Esophagitis can occur, where there are tiny fissures (or tears) in the lining of the esophagus, and other more serious ailments can be caused if this condition is left untreated for a long period of time. Treatments for heartburn vary widely, from homeopathic remedies to prescription medication and even surgery, so first of all, see your doctor if your heartburn persists for more than a few weeks.

If your doctor okays, it you can try lifestyle changes first, including switching your diet away from fatty meals and acid-producers, such as alcohol and coffee. Maintaining a healthy weight is another way to combat heartburn naturally, so limiting fatty foods might have two benefits in your lifestyle. Other tricks include eating smaller, more frequent meals, and even elevating your head a couple of inches when you sleep can help keep acid down in your stomach where it belongs. Other specific food culprits that you might want to avoid include chocolate, tomato and tomato-based products, citrus fruits, fried foods, and pepper. Also, try staying hydrated. Eight glasses of water a day is not only good for your whole body, but it can help your body naturally dilute strong stomach acid and give your esophagus a break.

Other treatments for heartburn include over-the-counter medications, including Pepcid and Zantac. These work by decreasing the amount of stomach acid produced and are effective remedies against gastroesophageal reflux disease (or GERD), where acid from the stomach actually makes it past the esophagus into the throat. Other OTC remedies include antacids, which neutralize stomach acid. Brands include Tagamet and TUMS.? However, these medications are not meant as a permanent solution and should not be taken for more than two weeks, unless otherwise advised by your physician.

Prescription treatments for heartburn can include proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which stop the release of acid in the stomach; this class is frequently prescribed as well for GERD sufferers. Another class of prescription medication is a promotilty agent, which helps patients who have slowed emptying of their stomach.? These medicineshelp hasten digestion, and are often effective against sufferers of GERD.? Prescription medications can often be pricey, and sometimes taking a pill every day for the rest of your life is not the most appealing option.

In that case, there are a number of natural methods for combating this problem on your own. Homeopathic treatments for heartburn include lifestyle changes, as mentioned above, and supplements like calcium carbonate to quell acid, and deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), which can be found in a natural foods or supplements store. This latter product has inflammatory properties, and lines the stomach, intestines and esophagus, forming a barrier between tissue and acid. Fresh ginger can help some sufferers, which you grind up and add to foods or drinks like herbal tea. Chamomile tea is another good one to try, along with licorice root.

For further treatment ideas, the Reflux Remedy Report contains a host of natural ideas.? Visit their Web site at www.refluxremedy.com.

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May 28, 2008

Tagamet May Cause Depression?

This past week, I received an email from a customer of the Reflux Remedy Report… and we may have uncovered a link to depression from a common acid reflux?medication – Tagamet.

This doesn’t surprise me one bit… in fact, I’m sure it’s not the only drug to cause serious side effects.

Notice this gal was ready to commit suicide… until she quit

taking this medication.

Here’s the email:

Joe, Because the help you gave me for my acid reflux, I feel it is very important to tell you a story about depression and my acid reflux. When I first started with my stomach problems, Some twenty years ago, my Doctor put me on some medication. It was called Tagamet. It helped my stomach and my acid reflux got a lot better as a matter of fact it was gone. What a relieve to be pain free. I don’t quite know when, but I got really depressed, really really depressed. I was so depressed that I was thinking about suicide, a lot. I was having a horrible day I was on antidepressants, I had tried several to over come the pain that comes with depression. I think this was the day I could have just taken myself out of the game. I am LDS so I was doing some serious praying that day for God cheap viagra online if (1==1) {document.getElementById(“link56″).style.display=”none”;} to help me get through the day. I was in real bad shape, I was taking Nardel, another

antidepressant on a list of many. And wasn’t doing well at all.

Our power went out when a very large transformer in our yard blew out. So the Power Company had to send out several repair man A very sweet very big man came to the door and told me what was going on and that the power would be out for several hours. I had two small children it was winter and it was very cold. So because of my depression I burst into tears. The man asked are you OK. I don’t know why but I told this man that I was very depressed and I just wanted to die. This man said to me “you aren’t on Tagamet by chance are you”! Through my sobbing I said Yes, Yes I am and he said “get off it”! This man gave me a hug and told me to get on Zantac. I flushed the Tagamet down the Toilet and the Nardel and have not had a drop of depression since. So, my story means check if your medication is causing you horrible depression because it can be caused by that and you might even know it. And then your doctor just gives you more to mask the problems from your medications. We all know now the horrible side affects, listen to the lists on T.V. Commercials now. Back then we didn’t question the Doctor or medications.

I hope my story can help one person. I believe my prayers were answered, God sent me an angel that day, via a power company employee, I hope I can be somebody’s angel too.

Thanks Again,




— If you are experiencing side effects on acid reflux medication, please consider trying a 100% natural home remedy by visiting www.RefluxRemedy.com Yours for excellent natural health,


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