(ARA) - Nearly 19 million Americans are affected by acid reflux disease (ARD), also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is characterized by heartburn occurring two or more days a week despite treatment and diet changes. Spike Mendelsohn - a well-known celebrity chef and owner of several restaurants in the Washington, DC area - is one of the millions affected by ARD, and he has to manage the uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms of heartburn related to acid reflux disease.
"Just like you, I face stressful situations every day - in the kitchen, at work, and at home," notes Chef Spike, who grew up working in the restaurant business alongside his family. "As someone who has acid reflux disease, I work hard to make sure my heartburn doesn't heat up. I'm passionate about everything related to food - learning new cuisines from my travels, getting creative with my own recipes, and sharing what I've learned with others. I've tried to instill that same thinking to my health - being proactive helps me manage my acid reflux disease."
Chef Spike has partnered with Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A, Inc., the makers of DEXILANT (dexlansoprazole), on the "Don't Let it Burn" campaign, to help educate millions of Americans about acid reflux disease and the importance of talking to a doctor for information about managing symptoms, including diet and lifestyle changes. Lifestyle tips, music, heartburn-friendly recipes and more can all be found on DontLetitBurn.com.
"To help manage my acid reflux disease, I worked with my doctor to come up with a treatment plan that, for me, includes taking DEXILANT," explains Chef Spike. "Together with adjustments to what I eat and my lifestyle, it's helped turn down the heat on the heartburn I experience because of my ARD. Everyone is different, so it's important for people to work with their doctor to come up with a management approach that works for them."
"It is very important for patients to be proactive and understand that they can work with their doctor to find an appropriate plan for treating their acid reflux disease," says David A. Peura, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine. "One treatment option I prescribe for my appropriate ARD patients is DEXILANT. DEXILANT can provide up to 24 hours of heartburn relief."
With personal tips and recipes from Mendelsohn, www.DontLetitBurn.com contains helpful information and facts about acid reflux disease, including:
- Acid reflux disease can occur in both men and women, with varying severity of the disease among patients
- Lifestyle modifications are part of a treatment plan to help manage a patient's acid reflux disease. Some include:
- Avoid common trigger foods, such as fried or fatty foods, citrus foods, onions, and tomato-based foods as well as alcohol, coffee and other caffeinated drinks, chocolate, peppermint and spearmint
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Eat small, frequent meals rather than large amounts of food at one time
- Try not to wear tight-fitting clothing around your waist
- Elevate the head of your bed 6-8 inches
- Be smoke-free
About DEXILANT (dexlansoprazole) 30 mg and 60 mg delayed release capsules
Persistent heartburn two or more days a week, despite treatment and diet changes, could be acid reflux disease (ARD). Prescription DEXILANT capsules are used in adults for 4 weeks to treat heartburn related to ARD, for up to 8 weeks to heal acid-related damage to the lining of the esophagus (called erosive esophagitis or EE), and for up to 6 months to continue healing of EE and relief of heartburn. Individual results may vary. Most damage (erosions) heals in 4-8 weeks.
Important Safety Information
DEXILANT may not be right for everyone. Do not take DEXILANT if you are allergic to DEXILANT or any of its ingredients. Serious allergic reactions have been reported. Tell your doctor if you get any of the following symptoms with DEXILANT: rash, face swelling, throat tightness, or difficulty breathing. Symptom relief does not rule out other serious stomach conditions. People who are taking multiple daily doses of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medicines for a long period of time may have an increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine. Low magnesium levels can happen in some people who take a PPI medicine.
The most common side effects of DEXILANT were diarrhea (4.8%), stomach pain (4.0%), nausea (2.9%), common cold (1.9%), vomiting (1.6%), and gas (1.6%). DEXILANT and certain other medicines can affect each other. Before taking DEXILANT, tell your doctor if you are taking ampicillin, atazanavir, digoxin, iron, ketoconazole, or tacrolimus. If you are taking DEXILANT with warfarin, you may need to be monitored because serious risks could occur.
Talk to your doctor or healthcare professional. Please see accompanying Prescribing Information for DEXILANT.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
To hear more from Spike and to learn about the treatment option DEXILANT, please visit DontLetitBurn.com.
*No Purchase Necessary to Enter or Win in the Don't Let it Burn Contest. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Starts 12:00:01 am ET on 5/2/12, ends 11:59:59 pm ET on 6/13/12. Open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous U.S. (D.C.) (excludes AK and HI) 21+ years. Void where prohibited. Subject to Official Rules available at www.DontLetitBurn.com. Sponsor: Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.