Dr. Sharon Orrange - March 16, 2017
Many of you don’t want to rely solely on medications for heartburn and reflux symptoms. While proton pump inhibitors—omeprazole (Prilosec), pantoprazole (Protonix), esomeprazole (Nexium)—and H2 blockers—Zantac, Tagamet, Pepcid—do work, there may be downsides to long term use.
Lifestyle changes are a must: limit acidic foods, eat smaller meals, avoid late night eating, keep the head of your bed elevated—but is there anything else you can take for heartburn and reflux? Here are ten common complementary and alternative therapies used for heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux:
- Probiotic supplements. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 27, 2016
Omeprazole (Prilosec) is a cheap, generic medication available both over the counter, or with a prescription. Used for the treatment of reflux disease, ulcers, and stomach protection from NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), it is one of the most common medications used by adults. Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), a class of drugs that are used to treat GERD, ulcers and heartburn. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 14, 2016
Over the counter medications for heartburn and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) come in two flavors: H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Prilosec (omeprazole) and Nexium (esomeprazole).
If you are struggling with heartburn or reflux and want to start treating the symptoms on your own, you can start with an H2 blocker.
Here’s what you need to know.
What should I start with?
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 12, 2015
Nexium (esomeprazole) certainly wins when it comes to marketing. While it is still available by prescription as Nexium 40 mg daily, there is now a generic esomeprazole and an over the counter form (Nexium 24HR) which is 22.3 mg. Yet somehow, Nexium is still the fourth best selling brand name prescription drug in the United States. Why is that? Well, purple does well with audiences which is why drug companies market their drugs in purple packaging . See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 29, 2014
Nexium 24HR is now over the counter, joining the other proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) available without a prescription. This class of medications work well for the treatment of heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and gastric ulcers. Nexium as a brand name drug made over 6 billion dollars in one year so does that mean that it’s better than the others? Um, no.
Several PPIs are available over the counter: Zegerid OTC (omeprazole with sodium bicarbonate), Prilosec OTC (omeprazole OTC) and Prevacid 24HR (lansoprazole 24HR) and now Nexium 24HR (esomeprazole). See More
Roni Shye - April 10, 2014
Recently, you may have noticed several medications available in the store aisles that used to require a prescription. A few drugs have made the jump from prescription-only to being sold over-the-counter (OTC) without a prescription, with Nexium as the newest (and a very exciting) example.
The status change for Nexium 20 mg capsules was approved by the FDA on March 28th, 2014. Nexium is used mainly for the treatment of gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease (GERD), better known as acid reflux or heartburn. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 30, 2013
Memory loss, dementia, and cardiovascular disease prevention are the main reasons many of you wonder if you should be taking gingko (Gingko biloba).
There was hope for years in gingko. It works to improve blood flow through increased release of nitric oxide, and it works as an anti-inflammatory so it was believed to be neuroprotective.
Well, it doesn’t really do what we’d hoped. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine funded the Gingko Evaluation of Memory (GEM) study, the largest and longest trial done. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 21, 2013
It seems everyone is taking them. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) work by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach. Prilosec OTC, Zegerid OTC, and Prevacid 24HR are sold over the counter for the treatment of frequent heartburn. Nexium (esomeprazole), Dexilant (dexlansoprazole), Prilosec (omeprazole), Zegerid (omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate), Prevacid (lansoprazole), Protonix (pantoprazole), Aciphex (rabeprazole dr) and Vimovo (esomeprazole/naproxen) are available by prescription to treat conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach and small intestine ulcers, and esophagitis. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 06, 2012
Whether you are travelling to Peru, Tanzania, Indonesia or Puerto Vallarta, among other exotic locations you will likely visit your doctor or travel clinic to see what you need before your trip.
In addition to the necessary vaccines (which you can find on the CDC Travelers’ Health website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm) here are some things you should think about having with you before you leave. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 18, 2012
This past year and a half has brought us generic versions of some blockbuster drugs. What this meant was the expensive brand name drug isn’t your only option. While most of the time, when your medication becomes generic you will save money, strangely it may also hurt you. If you are on a brand name medication that now has a generic option in the same class of drugs, your insurance company will want you to switch to that generic . See More