Medslant Acid Reflux Newsletter

Asthma And Gerd Discussion Group

If you suffer from both asthma and GERD and wish to join a discussion group of people with like issues who share your health concerns, there is one sponsored by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America called Inspire. To learn more about it or to join, please visit

Please remember that I am neither recommending nor negating any group - just providing you with information.

Fda Approves Injectable Nexium I.v. For Children One Month And Older

Last month, UK based AstraZeneca said that the FDA has approved the use of an injectable version of Nexium I.V. for children above the age of one month. The injectable version of Nexium is an alternative to be used when oral therapy is either impossible or inappropriate. The FDA approval was for "short-term treatment" (not specified).

Marta Illueca, executive director of gastrointestinal disorders for AstraZeneca said, "This approval represents an important contribution to an unmet medical need for infants in particular. While some reflux and regurgitation are normal in infants and may not require medical treatment, persistent GERD symptoms can be very uncomfortable and cause damage to the esophagus, just as they can in order patients." To address your specific concerns, please consult your child's pediatrician.

Drugs Bone Risk And Oct Gerd Drugs

Last year the FDA announced plans to revise the labels of OTC and prescription PPIs to reflect a possible increased risk of bone fractures. On May 21, 2011, the FDA announced that the warning labels are not necessary based on a thorough review of available safety data. The FDA concluded that "fracture risk with short-term, low dose PPI use is unlikely."

OTC PPIs are marketed as low dose and are only supposed to be used for 14 day periods up to three times a year. The FDA determined that the patients at greatest risk for fractures use high dose prescription PPIs for at least a year or longer. The difference in the warnings seems to be based on length of use. The FDA did caution clinicians that they should be aware of risk of fractures if they are recommending PPI use for periods of time longer than specified on drug labels. As always, it is best to discuss your personal situation with your physician or other health care professional. And, the general recommendation is that you neither change the dosage nor stop taking prescription drugs without the approval of the prescribing physician.

Alternative Medicines For Gerd Treatment

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are no alternative medicines that have been proven to treat GERD or to reverse damage to the esophagus. However, some alternative therapies may provide relief. It is important to discuss these treatments with your physician or health care professional to make sure they are safe and appropriate for you. The three basic alternative therapies are:

Herbal Medicines - these can include licorice, slippery elm, chamomile and others. But keep in mind that some herbal remedies can have serious side effects because they may interfere with medications so be sure to discuss their use and safe dosage before beginning herbal remedies.

Relaxation therapies - stress and anxiety reduction therapies may help reduce GERD symptoms. Your physician may recommend relaxation techniques.

Accupuncture - the insertion of thin needles into specific points on your body. This may help with heartburn that has persisted despite lifestyle changes and meds. Be sure to ask your physician if it is safe for you.

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