A Cancer Linked Compound Found in Zantac

The FDA found a cancer causing chemical in Zantac, a popular heartburn medication that reduces stomach acid. Thousands of Houstonians use prescription and OTC Zantac to control their acid reflux symptoms. The carcinogenic contaminant known as NDMA, N-nitrosodimethylamine, was recently found in Valsartan, a blood...

When to Stop PPIs after Nissen Fundoplication?

Acid reflux patients often wonder when does heartburn go away after Nissen fundoplication? The short answer is immediately.  Properly performed hiatal hernia repair and Nissen fundoplication restore a competent anti-reflux barrier. Consequently, acid reflux patients who have taken PPIs for years are consulted to stop...

Heartburn Pills: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Heartburn pills or Proton Pump Inhibitors also known as PPIs, are powerful stomach acid suppressors commonly used by thousands of acid reflux patients in Houston. A number of heartburn pills like Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid are readily available over the counter. PPIs are also commonly...

PPI Use and Lupus erythematosus

Proton Pump Inhibitors, PPIs, have many serious side effects including early dementia, heart disease and kidney failure. Such adverse events are attributed to endothelial damage and vascular aging. Few weeks ago, a young GERD patient presented to my office with PPI induced subacute cutaneous lupus...

Proton Pump Inhibitors Mortality Risk

An open access observational study has been recently published in BMJ about the risk of death among users of proton pump inhibitors, PPIs. The authors used administrative data from the US department of Veterans Affairs. A cohort of 349,312 patients were included. The analysis showed...

You Age Faster With Proton Pump Inhibitors

Several large studies have been recently published showing a link between chronic long-term use of proton pump inhibitors like Nexium, Prilosec, and Dexilant and the development of dementia, chronic renal failure and heart disease (myocardial infarction). Proton pump inhibitors or PPIs are used by millions...