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Acid Reflux Medications vs. Alocid

There are several medications on the market for acid reflux, this article will review three of them and Alocid, an all natural vitamin supplement.

 

Nexium

Nexium is a medication that decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. It is used to treat the symptoms of acid reflux and other conditions that involve excessive stomach acid. Do not use Nexium if you are allergic to esomeprazole or to any other benzimidazole medication such as albendazole or mebendazole.

The side effects of Nexium include:

  • Allergic reaction such as hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea, stomach pain, gas, constipation
  • Dry mouth

Before taking Nexium, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:

  • atazanavir (Reyataz)
  • digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps)
  • diazepam (Valium)
  • ketoconazole (Nizoral)
  • iron (Feosol, Mol-Iron, Fergon, Femiron, others)
  • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin)

 

Pepcid

Pepcid is a part of drugs called histamine-2 blockers. It works by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach produces. It is used to treat and prevent ulcers in the stomach and intestines and treats conditions like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and acid reflux.

You should not take Pepcid if you are allergic to famotidine or similar medications such as ranitidine (Zantac), cimetidine (Tagamet), or nizatidine (Axid). Before taking Pepcid tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, stomach cancer, asthma, COPD, or other breathing problems.

You should avoid drinking alcohol while taking Pepcid because it can increase the risk of damage to your stomach. You should also avoid cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), or nizatidine (Axid) while you are taking Pepcid, unless your doctor has told you to. Other drugs to be avoided while on Pepcid include:

  • atazanavir (Reyataz)
  • itraconazole (Sporanox)
  • ketoconazole (Nizoral)
  • aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine), indomethacin (Indocin), ketoprofen (Orudis), piroxicam (Feldene), and others

The side effects of Pepcid include:

  • allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • easy bruising or bleeding
  • fast or pounding heartbeat
  • confusion, hallucinations, seizure
  • numbness or tingly feeling
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation
  • dry mouth
  • dizziness, weakness, mood changes
  • headache
  • muscle cramps, joint pain
  • Pepcid can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.

 

Zantac

Zantac is in a group of drugs called histamine-2 blockers. Zantac works by reducing the amount of acid your stomach produces. Zantac is used to treat and prevent ulcers in the stomach and intestines. It also treats conditions in which the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Zantac also treats GERD and other conditions in which acid backs up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing heartburn.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, or porphyria. Using Zantac may increase your risk of developing pneumonia. Before taking Zantac, tell your doctor if you are taking triazolam (Halcion). You may not be able to use Zantac, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.

The side effects of Zantac include:

  • allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • chest pain, fever, feeling short of breath, coughing up green or yellow mucus
  • easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness
  • fast or slow heart rate
  • problems with your vision
  • fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash
  • nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
  • headache (may be severe)
  • drowsiness, dizziness
  • sleep problems (insomnia)
  • decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm
  • swollen or tender breasts (in men)
  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain
  • diarrhea or constipation

 

Alocid - Helpful for Occasional Heartburn

A timely response is vital when dealing with your reflux condition, addressing both the severity and frequency of your acid reflux symptoms with Alocid may reduce the presence of condition complications.

Alocid has been designed with traditional nutrients known to support digestion and reduce GI inflammation, thereby limiting the excessive reflux experienced by patients suffering from acid reflux disease.

Alocid contains clinically evaluated ingredients, known to support both esophageal health and the body's complex digestive process; thereby lessening the chance of developing the many discomforting symptoms associated with your reflux condition. Progressive Health's has a unique blend of nutrients that include:

  • Orange Peel Extract 4:1- Orange peel can provide symptomatic relief from reflux and indigestion. Interestingly, citrus peel extracts have even shown the ability to induce programmed cell death in stomach cancer cells.
  • Aloe Vera Extract Powder (100X)- Aloe vera extract has been used for years to aid in digestion and has a documented history of clinical use for the treatment of ulcers in the digestive tract (4). This soothing plant is considered to be a gastroprotective agent, containing anti-inflammatory fatty acids. Extracts of aloe can reduce secretion of acid from the stomach (functioning similarly to antacid medications), and have been shown to actually prevent injury to the lining of the stomach from irritating substances.
  • Picrorhiza- This medicinal plant has a long tradition of use for indigestion in Ayurvedic medicine. Picrorhiza acts similarly to other 'digestive tonic' herbs by assisting digestion. Research has shown that as many as 6 compounds in Picrorhiza have anti-inflammatory activity, inhibiting the COX-2 enzyme. This is useful for patients with chronic inflammation in the digestive tract resulting from maldigestion.
  • Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL)- Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) is licorice that has had the glycyrrhetinic acid removed for safety reasons. Extracts of licorice have demonstrated the ability to accelerate the healing of gastrointestinal ulceration (especially in the stomach and esophagus) possibly due to its antioxidant effect.
  • Digestive Enzymes (Protease, Amylase, Lipase)- Digestive enzymes aid digestion and help prevent heartburn. The primary digestive enzymes are released from the pancreas: proteases (to digest protein), amylases (to digest carbohydrate), and lipases (to digest fat). Evidence shows that crude protein digestion is improved with supplementation of pancreatic enzymes.

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