One way to combat frequent heartburn is to reduce the production of stomach acid. Drugs called proton pump inhibitors do just that. They are approved by the FDA and can be gotten right over the counter. But all is not good with regard to heartburn and over-the-counter medication as studies are showing that they may be causing other health conditions at the risk of treating heartburn.
Other studies found that frequent use of proton pump inhibitors increases danger of getting pneumonia, and of some types of bone fracture. If you or a loved one suffered from cancer after taking medication for acid reflux or heartburn, you can file Stomach Cancer Lawsuits against doctors.
It's estimated that only about 35 to 45 percent of heartburn sufferers really need a proton pump inhibitor while the majority of others do not. It's generally agreed upon that in order to combat heartburn a change in diet is best.
Eating smaller meals during the day, avoiding foods that are too greasy or spicy, and refraining from foods or drinks that are caffeinated or carbonated are the best way of keeping heartburn away. Reducing stress and exercising has also been known to help.
Proton pump inhibitors continue to be a top-selling medication, according to a healthcare marketing research company. And of the people who bought it, sixty percent of them didn't need it.