Finding a solution.
Antacid medication is typically prescribed for the relief of heartburn pain. The more common ones include Dexilant, Nexium and Prevacid, which are all in the class of PPI’s (proton pump inhibitors).
These can have many side effects and longterm consequences, including those related to the decreased absorption of important nutrients such as iron and calcium (leading to an increased risk of hip, wrist, and spine fractures). Use of some antacid medications may also increase the risk of pneumonia and kidney disease. Pepcid AC, in those with impaired kidney function can affect the central nervous system and may result in anxiety, depression, insomnia or drowsiness, and mental disturbances.
Getting to the root cause:
The first step to treating acid reflux is to look for and identify your key triggers. Though people with reflux often respond very well to dietary changes, it is also important to examine whether or not you have any food intolerances. Even though you think you may eat a healthy diet, it may not be that healthy if it includes foods you are sensitive or allergic to. Also, do you have poorly controlled stress? This can either increase or decrease the amount of stomach acid your body produces. Determining what your unique triggers are will get you one step closer to knowing which treatment option(s) will work best.
Our Integrative Approach involves an assessment with one of our Naturopathic Doctors. They will run any necessary diagnostic tests required to identify what is aggravating your condition. Following that, they will formulate a treatment plan that includes nutritional counselling, natural supplement recommendations and/or lifestyle modifications to help create better digestive health and eliminate or reduce unpleasant symptoms and medications.
Read on for more detailed information about our integrative digestive treatment plans: