Did anyone notice the FDA warning about stomach medications issued earlier this year? This new safety alert states that certain medications called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) which are used to treat upset tummies can in fact increase the risk of bone fractures in the hip, wrist and spine. With this new warning, labeling on several over-the-counter and prescription medications will change. These medications include Prilosec (omeprazole), Prevacid (Lansoprazole), and Nexium (esomeprazole). Although the FDA did not mention another class of stomach medications called the H2 Blockers , this warning might extend to another family of popular stomach medications which includes Tagamet (cimetidine) and Pepcid (Famotidine).
The H2 Blockers might also increase the risk of fractures especially in those who are already at risk for osteoporosis. With this new information, those who have osteoporosis or those at risk for osteoporosis should pay attention to the way they use stomach medication...
I have a 13 year old daughter that gets nauseated and sometimes stomach cramping with it about 4 times a year that usually lasts 2 days. She won't eat and can't go to school. She feels miserable during these times. i usually give her medicine for acid reflux (Nexium or Prilosec) with Mylanta and it has no positive effect. Could these be abdominal migraines? She has had nausea for the last day and a half with no stomach pain. She has a chronic condition of some sort. What do you suggest? Sara.
Yes, this could be abdominal Migraine. For more information, see Abdominal Migraine - The Basics .
Our suggestion? Take your daughter to the doctor to find out if this is abdominal Migraine or something else and what to do for her when these episodes occur.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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Question: I seem to have a bigger appetite since the holidays, is there anything I can do about this? Answer: It is common to feel hungrier than normal after a period of higher caloric intake. This can be especially true after the holidays when you have been eating a lot of high-fat and high sugar foods that are common eating “triggers”. Even though you feel like you should eat – you probably aren’t really hungry. At times like this, it is especially important to think before you eat and take the time to differentiate between being hungry and wanting to eat. To determine whether you are hungry take a quick inventory of your body. Is your stomach grumbling? Do you have other signs of hunger? Consider when you last ate – if it’s only been an hour or so than you probably aren’t hungry. If you determine that you want to eat but aren’t actually hungry, try to refocus your attention onto something else or drink a large glass of water and ...
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