Acid reflux is a common health problem all over the world. In western countries almost 20 percent of the population are suffering from reflux-related symptoms.
Common symptoms related to acid reflux:
- Feeling of a lump in the throat
- Hoarse voice
- Thick mucus
- Persistent dry cough
Since acid reflux is so common, medication is widely used. It’s often prescribed to people suffering from any of the symptoms above, but you can also buy some of the medicines over the counter without prescription.
Acid reflux tablets can result in serious side effects
Common reflux medicines like PPIs are ideally meant to be used over a short period of time.
The reason is that PPIs can have quite serious side effects when used for a longer duration.
- According to a recent study, benefits and risks of long term and short term use of PPIs should be considered carefully.
- Another study concluded that avoiding PPIs may prevent the development of dementia.
- A third study found that PPIs might increase the risk of gut infections.
- A fourth study found that even short term use of PPIs can have a negative cognitive impact on the user.
Possible side effects
To sum up, according to studies, some possible serious side effects are increased risk of:
- Bone fractures
- Gut infections
- Cardiovascular disease
- Decreased absorption of nutrients
Reflux medication has limited or no effect on these symptoms
Sometimes you might get tablets prescribed for symptoms related to reflux. But in some cases this might not help – or it might just help you a little.
This is backed up by a study at NHS hospitals where researchers conclude acid reflux tablets should not be used for persistent throat symptoms.
Lump in the throat
If you have the feeling of a lump in the throat, acid reflux medication won’t help you. In most cases this sensation comes from throat muscles not working properly.
These malfunctioning muscles can give a cramping sensation and make it hard to swallow food.
Created by a muscle weakness
The problem comes from an imbalance in a chain of muscles used when you swallow food. The main cause is a hiatal hernia – when a muscle called the diaphragm has become weak.
Tablets are prescribed despite having no effect
According to the study mentioned above, acid reflux tablets are often prescribed for symptoms like a lump in the throat, even though the medication has no effect on this symptom.
A hoarse voice comes from stomach acid irritating your vocal cords.
The study mentioned above also found that PPIs have no more effect on hoarse voice than dummy pills (placebos).
When you have acid reflux, thick mucus is your body’s way of defending your food pipe against the corrosive stomach acid.
Medicine doesn’t remove the mucus
Acid reflux tablets might decrease the damage from stomach acid on your food pipe. This might also decrease the amount of mucus in your throat, but it doesn’t remove it entirely.
So while you might get less thick mucus, you might still have it to some degree.
Persistent dry cough
Persistent dry cough has the same roots as a hoarse voice. When stomach acid irritates the vocal cords, coughing is your body’s way of getting rid of the irritating acid.
As with hoarse voice, researchers found that PPIs have the same effect on coughing as dummy pills.
Get rid of these symptoms with IQoro
All the symptoms above are treatable with IQoro. The symptoms are created by a weak muscle – the diaphragm – which is exercised when you use IQoro.
Weak muscles create the symptoms
When the muscle becomes weak, it allows stomach acid to flow up into the food pipe. And it also affects other muscles that then stop working correctly.
IQoro exercises the weak muscles
IQoro exercises the weak muscles which in turn can help you get rid of the symptoms. Every treatment takes 30 seconds and it is done regularly for your muscles to become stronger.
When your muscles become stronger, the symptoms also decrease.
How IQoro works
Watch the video on how IQoro can exercise your muscles and treat your symptoms.
- Cognitive impact after short-term exposure to different proton pump inhibitors: assessment using CANTAB software. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26714488/
- Systematic review: the use of proton pump inhibitors and increased susceptibility to enteric infection. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21999643/
- Persistent throat symptoms should not be treated with pills that reduce stomach acid. https://evidence.nihr.ac.uk/alert/throat-symptoms-should-not-be-treated-with-ppis/
- Association of Proton Pump Inhibitors With Risk of Dementia: A Pharmacoepidemiological Claims Data Analysis. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26882076/
- Adverse Effects Associated with Proton Pump Inhibitor Use. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7887997/