When it comes to using medicine, there is no such thing as completely safe. All medicines have risks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a drug means that the benefits outweigh the known risks that are outlined on the drug's label.
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medicines that work to decrease the amount of acid in the stomach. They are available both as prescription and as over-the-counter medicines. Prescription PPIs treat conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers in the stomach and small intestine, and inflammation of the esophagus. Over-the-counter PPIs are used to treat frequent heartburn.
Can carrying around a brochure help save your life? Yes, if it's the "My Medicines" brochure offered by FDA's Office of Women's Health (OWH). It's designed to help consumers track the medicines they use.