What We have learned about H2 Blocking Medications
H-2 receptors are specialized cells in the stomach, or group of cells, that respond to stimuli. H2 Blocking medications are generally antagonist drugs that inhibit Histamine. Histamine acts on the H-2 receptors to stimulate the production of Hydrochloric acid in the stomach. The reduction of Hydrochloric acid in the first stage of digestion will cause symptoms of Hypochlorhydria and in some cases Achlorhydria. These two conditions will prevent the normal sterilization and conversion of nutrients, necessary to maintain a healthy body and immune system.
The following is a list of a few of the H-2 Blocking medications:
- Tagamet Famotidine
- Pepcid Nizatidine
- Axid Rantidine
- Zantac Roxatidine
While patients are under the control of these H-2 Blockers and PPIs, a Physician can expect to see the same symptoms that they would see from a patient that has Hypochlorhydria, or Achlorhydria. Both of these conditions will prevent the complete sterilization and conversion of ingested nutrients, due to the lack of Hydrochloric acid, and peptic conversion.
Hyperchlorhydria is the over production of Hydrochloric acid (HCL). Hypochlorhydria is the under production of HCL. Achlorhydria is the complete absence of HCL in the digestive process. All three of these conditions have similar symptoms. All will cause Reflux, Belching, Bloating, Gas, Nausea, Abdominal Pain, Irregular Stools, etc. Unfortunately many doctors assume that a patient with these symptoms is over producing HCL. In a large number of instances, this is NOT the case. Many of these patients are not producing enough HCL (Hypochlorhydria). When a person that has Hypochlorhydria is placed on an H-2 Blocker or Proton Pump Inhibitors, they will become Achlorhydric. When this occurs, there is no sterilization of the nutrients and no conversion of proteins. This leads to the onset of Allergies, bacterial and fungal growth, immune system disorders, skin diseases, and many other serious conditions.
Before taking any type of acid reducing medication, prescribed or over counter, have your doctor give you a Heidelberg pH diagnostic test. A Heidelberg pH Capsule Test will give you a complete and accurate indication of what is happening in your digestive process.