February 19, 2015 2 min read

PPIs widely used

Medications for GERD, including Prilosec (omeprazole), Dexilant, and Nexium are available through your doctor or over the counter at your local pharmacy. These medications, commonly known as the “purple pill”, are used to decrease painful heartburn symptoms that affects up to 30% of the U.S. population. Available since the 1980’s, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are widely prescribed. They were thought to be the ‘silver bullet’ for treating the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) because they stop the production of stomach acid. No acid, no reflux. Problem solved.

FDA warns against long-term PPI usage

Fast forward 40 years. We are now learning that stopping the production of stomach acid with long-term PPI usage may come with significant risks for patients. Several FDA warnings have been issued and hundreds of studies published showing an association between long term PPI usage with hip, wrist or spine fractures; bacterial infections; chronic kidney disease; heart disease; dementia; community-acquired pneumonia; stomach cancer; chronic liver disease; and even premature death. In fact, if you look at the dosing instructions for the most common PPI medications, you will see that the instructions are clear. Only use these medications 3x a year for no more than 14 days. That’s it. Have you been taking your PPI medications for longer than recommended by the FDA?

New natural treatment

In light of serious medication side effects, patients nationwide are seeking alternative solutions to treat their symptoms. Over 100,000 of which have found great relief at night with the MedCline Reflux Relief System. This sleep positioning medical device creates (and maintains) the ideal position for patients at night to naturally relieve their GERD symptoms, including heartburn, regurgitation, and lesser-known symptoms of ‘silent reflux’, such as chronic cough, and nasal congestion. Clinical studies have shown that MedCline reduces esophageal acid exposure (acid that escapes your stomach into the delicate lining of your esophagus and beyond) by 87% over a bed wedge. Decreasing acid exposure will not only decrease your symptoms but will also provide protection against disease progression and the dangers of GERD. Why is MedCline so effective? Gravity and anatomy. By keeping your esophagus above your stomach, acid cannot escape. And, by keeping you in this position, you won’t slide down exposing yourself the risk of acid exposure. Simple science in action, all while you sleep.