611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

Health Choice Integrated Care crisis Line
1-877-756-4090

AzCH Nurse Assist Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530



SEABHS
611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

AzCH Nurse Assist Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530


powered by centersite dot net

Getting Started
Here are some forms to get started. These can be printed and brought with you so that you can pre-fill out some known info ahead of time. More...


Medical Disorders
Resources
Basic InformationLookupsLatest News
Virtual Doc Visits Suffice for Many With Neurological DisordersBPA Levels in Humans Are Underestimated: StudyCleaner Air Quickly Brings Big Health Benefits, Study FindsAll 50 States Now Reporting Cases of Severe Vaping-Linked Lung Injury3 Drugs for Severe Epileptic Seizures Are Equally Effective: StudyStudy Casts Doubt on Use of Common Heart Failure Drugs'Mobile Stroke Units' Help Rush Treatment to PatientsDistracted by Their Smartphones, Pedestrians Are Landing in the ERVaping May Have Triggered Lung Illness Typically Only Seen in MetalworkersMore Than 100 E. Coli Illnesses Now Linked to Romaine LettuceLow-Dose Aspirin Might Cut Cancer Risk, Especially for Overweight PeopleEspecially in the Young, Cholesterol Is No Friend to the HeartAre E-Scooters a Quick Ticket to the ER?Uncontrolled Asthma a Danger to Pregnant Women, BabiesHealth Tip: Common Causes of Knee PainSome Cities' Smog Can Ruin Your VacationParkinson's Treatment Has Unexpected Side EffectHeart Attack at 44 Helped Her Realize Diabetes' DangersCleaner Teeth, Healthier Heart?Obesity Might Weaken Some Drugs' Effectiveness Against AFibHow to Prevent Holiday HeadachesAir Pollution May Up Glaucoma RiskHealth Tip: Causes of Stomach UlcersHealth Tip: Treating ShinglesLeg Pain Could Spell Peripheral Artery Disease for SomeEven in Small Doses, Air Pollution Harms Older AmericansDon't Let Allergies Spoil Your HolidaysGot Chronic Heartburn? Easy Does It During the Thanksgiving FeastAHA News: Flu Prevention Strategies Beyond Getting a Shot and Washing Your HandsUltrasound Treatment Might Ease Parkinson's TremorsPopular Heartburn Drugs May Up Odds of Stomach BugGunshot Wounds Have Long-Term Health Consequences: StudyU.S. Poison Centers Field More Calls About Psychoactive Substances: StudyMore E. coli Illnesses Linked to Tainted Romaine LettuceFDA Approves First System to Insert Ear Tubes Under Local AnesthesiaFDA Approves Oxbryta for Treatment of Sickle Cell DiseaseWhere 'Superbugs' Lurk in Your Home - and How to Stop ThemPlay It Safe With Holiday FoodsCaffeine, Cough Medicines: What's in the Average Blood TransfusionVitamin E Compound Likely Culprit Behind Vaping Lung Illnesses, Study FindsDramatic Rise in Eye Injuries From BB and Paintball GunsObesity May Change the Teen Brain, MRI Study ShowsDon't Eat Romaine Lettuce Grown in Salinas, Calif., Due to E. Coli: FDAMusic Career Might Bring Ringing in the EarsBacteria Could Be Weapon Against Mosquito-Borne DengueHealth Tip: Five Common First-Aid MythsInfants May Not Be as Immune to Measles as ThoughtDoctors Spot a New, Severe Lung Illness Tied to VapingAHA News: Obesity, Other Factors May Speed Up Brain AgingPackaged Caesar Salad Suspected as Possible Source in E. coli Outbreak
Questions and AnswersLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Cancer
Men's Health
Women's Health

Heartburn Drugs Might Bring Allergy Woes

HealthDay News
by By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter
Updated: Jul 30th 2019

new article illustration

TUESDAY, July 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There are numerous drugs to treat digestive woes caused by heartburn or stomach ulcers. But solving one health problem may be causing another.

New research from Austria found that people who use drugs that suppress stomach acid were almost twice as likely to need drugs to control allergy symptoms.

And people over 60 who used these drugs were more than five times as likely to also need an allergy medication, the study reported.

"Many people have gastric [stomach] complaints and many people take anti-acid medicine. The longer the treatment with these medicines, the higher the risk of allergies," said study senior author Dr. Erika Jensen-Jarolim, a clinical immunologist at the Medical University of Vienna.

How might these two conditions be connected? Jensen-Jarolim said that, normally, the acidic environment in the stomach helps break down food-derived proteins that can cause allergies.

But if you take acid-suppressing drugs, the food you eat isn't broken down into small enough pieces. Intact allergens are sent to the intestine, where they can cause an allergic reaction and inflammation.

The implications from this study could be far-reaching. According to the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), more than 60 million Americans have had heartburn at least once in the past month.

Heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus (the tube connecting your throat and stomach), the ACG said. Symptoms include a feeling of burning behind the breastbone that can move up to the neck. Some people notice the bitter taste of bile in the back of the throat.

To treat this discomfort and pain, people often take acid-reducing medications. These include popular drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Medications in this class include prescription and over-the-counter drugs like Prilosec (omeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole) and Nexium (esomeprazole).

Another class of medications is called H2 blockers. This class includes Tagamet HB (cimetidine), Pepcid (famotidine) and Zantac (ranitidine). There is also a medication called Carafate (sucralfate) that's an aluminum compound.

All of these medications were linked to an increased use of allergy medications. But, there was a higher prevalence of allergy medication use after a sucralfate prescription, according to the study.

The study included prescription information from 97% of people in Austria. The data covered four years, from 2009 to 2013.

The researchers noted that as few as six daily doses of anti-acid medication each year were linked to an increased need for allergy medication. The risk of needing allergy medication rose with more frequent use of acid-reducing drugs.

Women and older people taking acid-reducing drugs were more likely to need allergy drugs.

Jensen-Jarolim said she hopes doctors will heed the study findings and prescribe acid-suppressing medications with care. She also hopes that consumers buying over-the-counter anti-acids will remember that these are medications and any medication can have side effects.

For those concerned about allergies, but who may still need acid-reducing drugs, she recommended taking these medications for the shortest time possible.

Dr. Elie Abemayor, chair of the division of gastroenterology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., reviewed the findings, and said it's always important to weigh the benefits of a drug against the risk.

And, while the findings were "concerning," Abemayor said it's important to recognize that this study is observational, and cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

"I would still take these drugs if I needed them. I don't think this study will change the way they're prescribed," he said. But he added that if you don't really need the drugs for a long time, it's a good idea only to take them as needed.

The findings were published July 30 in the journal Nature Communications.

More information

Learn more about acid reflux from the American College of Gastroenterology.