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Popular Heartburn Drug Is Latest Hope on Virus

Test underway involving active ingredient in Pepcid

(Newser) - Next up in the coronavirus drug parade: Pepcid. More specifically, famotidine, the active ingredient in the popular heartburn drug, reports Science Magazine . Hospitals in New York have begun a test involving COVID-19 patients in which roughly half will receive the drug and the rest will get a placebo, per CNN...

FDA: If You Have Zantac at Home, Throw It Out

Contamination issue poses a greater risk than previously thought

(Newser) - US health regulators are telling drugmakers to immediately pull their popular heartburn drugs off the market after determining that a contamination issue with the medications poses a greater risk than previously thought. The move from the Food and Drug Administration Wednesday applies to all prescription and over-the-counter versions of ranitidine,...

Popular Heartburn Drugs Are Being Recalled

Generic versions of Zantac are being recalled over concerns about probable carcinogen

(Newser) - Nearly two weeks after a probable carcinogen was detected at low levels in heartburn medications, the over-the-counter drugs are being recalled. Drug manufacturer Apotex said Thursday it's voluntarily recalling 75mg and 150mg ranitidine tablets sold at Walgreens, Walmart, and Rite Aid over the possible presence of cancer-causing impurity NDMA....

Here's Why You Should Use Heartburn Meds With Caution

Proton pump inhibitors appear to increase the risk of ischemic stroke

(Newser) - Heartburn is a big problem in the US. In fact, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are used to treat acid reflux and heartburn, are among the most prescribed drugs in the country, with millions taking them, and they're becoming more widely available over-the-counter, reports CNN . But a preliminary report...

Heartburn Meds May Include Scary Health Risk
 Heartburn Meds May 
 Raise Risk of Dementia 
new study

Heartburn Meds May Raise Risk of Dementia

Study raises concerns about proton-pump inhibitor drugs

(Newser) - Certain heartburn drugs have already been linked to heath woes including heart disease and kidney disease. Now a study in JAMA Neurology says those drugs—proton-pump inhibitors like Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium—may also boost the chance of dementia, UPI reports. Analyzing a German health insurer's data on nearly...

Heartburn Drugs' Unexpected Danger: Heart Attacks?

But does not prove cause and effect

(Newser) - Before you pop a Prilosec to prep for your next heavy meal, consider this: A new study finds the use of certain common heartburn drugs is associated with a higher risk of heart attack. Specifically, Stanford University researchers found that people who take proton pump inhibitors—drugs that block the...

Best Positions for a Good Night's Sleep

Aches and pains require that you sleep a certain way

(Newser) - Getting enough sleep is one thing, but it's vital to sleep in the right position if you suffer from certain pains and medical conditions. The Wall Street Journal sums up the experts' advice:
  • Obstructive sleep apnea/snoring: This condition can cause dangerous narrowing or blockage of the airway—and sleeping

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