Are Too Many People Taking Heartburn Drugs?Posted: Jun 28 in Medical Treatment by Staff
If you suffer from heartburn, you’re not alone in experiencing the painful symptoms that can accompany acid reflux. You may be willing to try anything that would alleviate the burning and pain associated with heartburn, but be aware of the risks involved with trying common heartburn medications.
Researchers say that as high as 70% of people who are prescribed a PPI don’t need one. Before taking a proton pump inhibitor for indigestion or heartburn, you should eat smaller meals, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, and reduce your consumption of fatty and spicy foods. Making lifestyle changes may alleviate your symptoms completely, eliminating the need to take any medication at all, and reducing your risk of side effects to zero.
If you are prescribed a PPI, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor about it. Ask about alternatives, lifestyle changes, risks, and long-term preventive solutions, including GERD surgery to alleviate your heartburn.