Why Your Heartburn Drugs May Not Work

As we head into a holiday season full of heavy, rich meals, here’s unwelcome news: Not only is heartburn increasing, but also those highly popular acid-blocking drugs don’t seem to work for a large number of us. A recent study in the journal Gut found that during the past two decades there was a 47 percent increase in the number of people who suffered weekly bouts of heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the condition that most often causes that burning …

Hooked On Heartburn Meds: Group Says Acid Reflux Pills Risky

Drugs that reduce stomach acid to relieve chronic heartburn and acid reflux are among the most popular medications sold to Americans. But the watchdog group Public Citizen says the drugs — such as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid — are habit-forming and should carry the strongest possible warning label for this and other dangerous side effects. The group filed a petition Tuesday with the Food and Drug Administration asking them to add the warning. In the petition, Public Citizen says the …