Plop, plop, fizz, fizz… oh what a hole in your stomach it is!
I know that’s not the jingle you remember from the old commercials. But if you turn to an “effervescent rush of relief” for heartburn, indigestion, and upset stomach, you could find yourself SCREAMING instead of singing.
Alka-Seltzer Original and other popular meds in the same category can often deliver just the relief you’re looking for… if you can drink the stuff without gagging.
But the FDA itself is now warning that the popular drugs that millions of Americans turn to regularly can do something else as well.
They can cause you to bleed on the inside, through your gut or intestines — and you could actually bleed to death!
The feds say the risk is in over-the-counter antacids that also include blood-thinning, stomach-ripping, ulcer-causing aspirin as an ingredient.
Along with Alka-Seltzer Original, other common meds that fit the description include Bromo Seltzer, Medique Medi Seltzer, Picot Plus Effervescent, Vida Mia Pain Relief, Winco Foods Effervescent Antacid and Pain Relief, Zee-Seltzer Antacid and Pain Reliever, as well as generic and store-brand versions.
If it says something like “COMPARE TO ALKA-SELTZER!” on the label, that’s one of them.
A new review of FDA adverse events reports finds 41 cases of serious bleeding problems linked to the drugs between 1969 and 2014, including 21 people who suffered internal bleeding so severe they needed blood transfusions.
That may not sound like a whole heckuva lot. That’s less than one case a year — and if that’s the TRUE safety record, that makes it better than most other meds out there.
But these are only what’s been reported. For every case that reaches the FDA, there may be dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of others that never get reported.
That’s why it’s essential to learn the risk factors now so you can avoid this deadly complication. If you’re on steroid drugs or blood thinners, have a heavy booze habit or have a history of ulcers, you’re at risk.
But the one that REALLY leaps off the page is this: If you’re over 60, you’re at risk, too.
Yes, folks, that’s basically every senior and then some! Heck, given all the other risk factors, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone past middle age who can safely take these meds.
And if, despite the warning, you decide to plop plop, fizz fizz anyway, be sure to know your blood type and give your local hospital a call just to make sure they have it on hand.
Y’know… just in case.
For a safer cure, try a teaspoon of Althaea officinalis extract (sometimes sold at the health food store as “Marshmallow”) mixed with eight ounces of water, four times a day.
It can help you overcome heartburn and indigestion problems without the risks, and it’s one of the dozens of great cures for everyday conditions you’ll find in the free e-book “Kitchen Cures” from my colleagues at HealthierTalk.