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Heartburn Drugs Again Tied to Fatal Risks

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 6, 2019 – People who use common heartburn drugs for months to years may face heightened risks of dying from heart disease, kidney failure or stomach cancer, a new study suggests. The study included more than 200,000 U.S. veterans. It's the latest to raise concerns over drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They include prescription and over-the-counter drugs like Prilosec...

Connecting the Dots Between Heartburn Drugs and Kidney Damage

Posted 24 Jan 2019 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 24, 2019 – Just because a medication is available over the counter doesn't mean it won't have side effects or pose other dangers. One example is PPIs, a popular type of heartburn medication that can harm the kidneys, especially when taken long-term. Heartburn is the result of stomach acid backing up into the esophagus, the tube that goes from your mouth to your stomach. Weakness...

Common Heartburn Drugs, PPIs, Linked to Broken Hips in Dialysis Patients

Posted 28 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 – Drugs commonly used to treat heartburn and acid reflux may raise the risk for hip fractures among dialysis patients by nearly 20 percent, a new study suggests. Many people with kidney failure take medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which curb production of stomach acid. "Proton pump inhibitors are the sixth most common type of medication prescribed among...

Proton Pump Inhibitors Not Tied to Hip Fractures in Alzheimer's Patients

Posted 14 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 – Long-term use of acid-blocking heartburn drugs, such as Nexium and Prilosec, does not increase the risk for hip fractures in people with Alzheimer's disease, a new study finds. These medications belong to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are often given to elderly people. However, some previous studies have suggested that extended use of...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Pantoprazole Sodium for Injection 40 Mg Per Vial: Recall - Presence of Glass Particles

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: AuroMedics Pharma LLC is voluntarily recalling one lot of Pantoprazole Sodium for Injection 40 mg per vial, to the hospital level. The product was found to contain glass particles in the vial. This problem was discovered as a result of a product complaint in which the contents of one vial from one batch was found to contain a piece of glass. The administration of a glass particulate, if...

Are Some Heartburn Meds Tied to Stomach Cancer?

Posted 1 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – Popping certain heartburn drugs like they're candy might up your odds for stomach cancer, new research suggests. The risk was proportionate to how long and how often these drugs, called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), were taken. That risk increased anywhere from two to eight times, the study authors said. Although the relative risk seems high, the absolute risk was...

Acid Reflux? Try Going Vegetarian

Posted 7 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 – A mostly vegetarian diet may provide relief similar to widely used medications for people with acid reflux, a new study suggests. The study looked at close to 200 patients at one medical center who had been diagnosed with laryngopharyngeal reflux. It's a condition where stomach acids habitually back up into the throat, and it's distinct from the much better-known...

Popular Heartburn Drugs Don't Raise Risk of Alzheimer's: Study

Posted 19 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 – Widely used heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors do not appear to increase Alzheimer's disease risk, according to a new study. Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid are commonly used proton pump inhibitors. Two previous studies reported a higher risk of dementia among people who took the drugs, which are commonly used by older adults. Proton pump inhibitors work by...

Health Tip: If Heartburn Doesn't Go Away

Posted 21 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If eating the right foods and taking medication doesn't ease your heartburn, there may be a bigger issue. The American College of Gastroenterology says you should be concerned about heartburn symptoms if you're: Having a difficult time swallowing or feeling that you have food stuck in your chest. Vomiting blood, or seeing blood in your bowel movements, which probably makes them black and...

Can Your Heartburn Meds Shorten Your Life?

Posted 4 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 3, 2017 – Popular heartburn medications like Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid may increase your risk of early death when taken for extended periods, a new study suggests. Further, the longer you take these drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), the greater your risk of early death, said senior researcher Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly. He is a kidney specialist and assistant professor of...

Popular Heartburn Meds Don't Raise Alzheimer's Risk: Study

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – Drugs used to treat acid reflux and ulcers don't appear to boost the risk of dementia, as has been previously suspected, new research suggests. The study focused on widely used proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) drugs – medicines such as Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium. Previous studies have suggested the drugs may increase the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease in...

Study Suggests Heartburn Meds-Superbug Infections Link

Posted 27 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 27, 2017 – Patients who take certain heartburn medications may be more likely to suffer recurrent bouts of a common "superbug" infection, a new study suggests. Proton pump inhibitors, such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, or so-called H2 blockers, such as Zantac, Pepcid and Tagamet, were linked to a 50 percent increased risk of developing multiple Clostridium difficile infections,...

Are Heartburn Meds During Pregnancy Linked to Asthma in Kids?

Posted 9 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 – Women who take certain heartburn medications during pregnancy may have a child at increased risk of developing asthma, new research suggests. For the new study, investigators analyzed eight studies that included more than 1.3 million children. The researchers found that kids born to mothers who were prescribed drugs for acid reflux during pregnancy were at least one-third...

Heartburn Drugs May Raise Risk of Stomach Infections: Study

Posted 5 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 – People who take heartburn drugs such as Prilosec and Nexium may be at increased risk of two potentially serious gut infections, a new study suggests. The study, of nearly 565,000 adults, found those on certain heartburn drugs had higher risks of infection with C. difficile and Campylobacter bacteria. Both bugs cause abdominal pain and diarrhea, but can become more...

Could Common Heartburn Drugs Up Stroke Risk?

Posted 15 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 15, 2016 – A popular category of heartburn medications – including Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec and Protonix – may increase your risk of stroke, a new study suggests. Known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), these drugs increased people's overall stroke risk by 21 percent, said study lead author Dr. Thomas Sehested. However, the risk appears to be driven by people who take high...

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