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Gradual Lifestyle Changes Can Cure Heartburn And Acid Reflux Disease

Experts recommend making a gradual lifestyle change in the wake of the Zantac recall

Monday, February 15, 2021 - Individuals with heartburn and acid reflux seek answers in the wake of the FDA's Zantac recall and the health problems that protein pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs may cause. The FDA initially recommended that Zantac users switch to drugs like Prilosec and Nexium for heartburn relief but now seem to be the cause of serious illnesses like stomach cancer. Ranitidine drugs are of the class H2-blocker, of which Zantac is one, have been tested by independent pharmaceutical testing laboratories and also the FDA and found to contain carcinogenic levels of NDMA. Sanofi, the maker of Zantac, voluntarily and immediately pulled their product from store shelves where it was available over the counter and told doctors to stop prescribing the medicine. Over 15 million Americans each year depended on Zantac for relief of severe heartburn and acid reflux pain due to living, in general, a standard American lifestyle. Many have filed Zantac Cancer lawsuits seeking lump-sum monetary compensation for their pain and suffering allegedly caused by taking Zantac. It is more important than ever for former Zantac users to consider making gradual lifestyle adjustments since the medicine is no longer available. Former Zantac users should also see their doctor for digestive system cancer screening as the symptoms of Zantac cancer may not be currently evident.

Heartburn and chest pains may be symptoms of a much more serious health problem than simply overeating or eating spicy food. Heartburn and gastrointestinal reflux go hand in hand when the food we eat backs up from the stomach into the esophagus, allowing stomach acid to come with it. The esophagus is referred to as the food pipe and is between the mouth and stomach. Heartburn can be more painful if lying down or bending over. Chest pain when bending over may also be a sign of having had a pulmonary embolism from a blood clot in the lungs. More often, however, overeating and having a diet rich in spicy foods, drinking coffee and alcohol are the reasons we suffer from heartburn.

Heartburn symptoms can be alleviated by making certain lifestyle changes. Medical News Today recommends that heartburn sufferers make several if not all of the following behavioral modifications to treat heartburn before one starts taking heartburn medicine. "Sleeping with the upper part of the body elevated, quitting smoking, avoiding wearing tight clothing or tight belts, maintaining a moderate weight, avoiding overeating, avoiding triggers, which are foods, beverages, or activities, that tend to start an episode, eating low fat, high protein meals, eating smaller meals more often." Of all of these recommendations, elevating the head portion of your mattress about 6 inches, and eating smaller meals more often may be the easiest and most effective ways to start. It may be easier to implement only one or two of these behavioral modifications each month to set yourself on a healthy lifestyle trajectory where you will not only not need to take Zantac, but also will be healthier overall. Each month you should look to eliminate the following foods also" "carbonated drinks, coffee, alcohol, onions, citrus fruits, chocolate, mints, tomato products, spicy food, such as chili or curry, fatty food, such as pizza," according to Medical News Today.

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