Years ago, Earth Clinic contributors started writing in about acid reflux and GERD, with so many people suffering from these disruptive and dangerous digestive ailments. Then we began to notice how many were also writing about using large amounts of over-the-counter pain meds, specifically non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Could it be that overuse of pain killing drugs was causing the epidemic of acid reflux?
We know for certain that these anti-inflammatory drugs claim a toll on stomach and liver health. Some can trigger gastric ulcers and all must be processed by the liver, placing an extra burden on that organ so essential for digestive enzymes and cleaning toxins out of the body. Is this enough to disrupt the acid balance in the stomach and weaken the valve between the stomach and esophagus, creating your acid reflux symptoms?
Examine the first-person evidence described from our readers to draw your own conclusions about the link between painkillers and acid reflux treatment!