Tag: proton pump inhibitor

Surprise! You’re Addicted!

Surprise! You’re Addicted!

Last Monday it was reported by NPR that the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) will soon be publishing yet one more reason to leave those PPIs alone! Protect your kidneys! You can now add kidneys to previous evidence of increased risk of bone fracture, infections and possibly even cardiac issues. This is another warning to all of you…

Acid Reflux Drugs May Impair Heart Function

Sixty percent of adults experience acid reflux—also known as gastroesophageal reflux and, more commonly, heartburn—at least once each year while 20 to 30 percent experience acid reflux symptoms on a weekly basis. The most commonly prescribed drugs for this condition are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), with FDA estimating that about 1 in 14 American’s have used them. I have written…

Over-the-counter PPIs Not to Be Taken Over Two Weeks

I saw an ad in a prominent health magazine the other day that ticked me off. It’s an ad for Prilosec, an over-the-counter proton pump inhibitor (PPI). The ad said, “Suffering from heartburn day after day is as unnecessary as wearing sleeves.” (Larry the Cable Guy was in the ad—he never wears sleeves; thus, the reference.)  The ad went on…

PPIs and Osteoporosis

  Got heartburn? GERD? Listen up! This isn’t new news, but it’s news I think everyone should know: Using proton pump inhibitors (commonly known as PPIs) for extended periods of time could make you more likely to suffer osteoporosis-related bone fractures. Why do I think this is so important? Because folks, PPIs are the third-highest-selling class of drugs on the…