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Friday, March 17, 2017

Heartburn Meds: Do They Do More Harm Than Good?

Millions of Americans take medications to fight heartburn every day, but the price they pay may harm much more than their pocketbook. Recent studies have found that proton pump inhibitors, which fight heartburn and acid reflux, may spur kidney disease, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, and lower the odds of surviving cancer, in addition to several other serious medical problems.

Proton pump inhibitors or PPIs, are some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the world, and many are available over-the-counter. Popular brands include Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, and Nexium. They reduce the amount of gastric acid produced by the stomach by inhibiting the enzyme that produces acid.

PPIs were found to increase the risk of:

Heart attacks: Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine found that using PPIs can increase the risk of heart attack. Patients who had already suffered heart attacks and took the blood thinner clopidogrel (Plavix), increased their risk of a second heart attack by 20 percent. Some experts worry that the risk may extend to everyone who takes PPIs, not just those who have had heart attacks and take blood thinners.

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Believe it or not a swig of apple cider vinegar cures heartburn.

Anonymous said...

Everyday, there's a new study that makes the media bite. Did you you know life causes death? Can't have the first without the other. If you try hard enough, there's a connection somewhere that scientists can prove their new theory.
Did they ever think that there's a correlation between these health issues and overweight people - who, by the way have a higher incidence of acid reflux and probably take these drugs. Maybe, just maybe. But, nooooo....they put it there like fact and it's reported like its gospel.
One day, wine is good for you; the next, it's bad. Aspartame is bad, now it's good. Bla,bla,bla.

Anonymous said...

Various juices stop heartburn.People who suffer from chronic heartburn should do the research.

Anonymous said...

My GI told me to have cinnamon applesauce with dinner, don't eat late and avoid alcohol at night. Haven't had HB since. Just sayin...

Anonymous said...

Try to stay away from all prescription drugs. Most probably do more harm than good. Usually lifestyle modifications can help most problems.