HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - In this week's Neighborhood Health Watch we explore the added benefits some medications can bring to patients who suffer from chronic heartburn.
In Henrico, Dr. William Ferrar is examining the benefits of proton pump inhibitors.
It is a drug used to treat serious chronic heartburn.
You should still avoid foods that aggravate the condition-especially fatty foods.
Too much PPI's can lead to diarrhea or an increase in bone fractures.
Using a less frequent dose of every other day or lower dose can reduce these side effects and still keep effectiveness.