Acid reflux drugs such as Aciphex, Prevacid and Prilosec have been linked to a diarrhea-causing bug called Clostridium difficile or C. diff. This class of drugs is called proton pump inhibitors or PPIs. Japanese researchers followed about 500 patients who were taking these PPIs and the risk for getting this C. diff bug was about three times greater than those not taking them. The number of those infected though was still pretty low, with 19 of the 487 coming down with the bug. And it was noted that these drugs are for serious acid reflux symptoms, not just the occasional heartburn.
So what exactly is acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)? It’s a condition where the contents of your stomach actually back up into your esophagus and essentially cause symptoms like severe heartburn. Some common risk factors include obesity, smoking, pregnancy, genetics and possibly even drinking alcohol. Learning your triggers can go a long way in controlling symptoms, such as avoiding spicy foods and herbs like peppermint.
This must be frustrating for those acid reflex sufferers who are looking for relief from their symptoms only to get diarrhea from their medication. Are there any natural remedies out there? Well, though there’s limited clinical evidence, many swear by apple cider vinegar, ginger and lavender tea. Diet remains a key factor so discuss the best eating plan for you with your doctor.