Have you or do you take Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid to reduce stomach acid associated with acid reflux or heartburn? If yes, keep reading.
Acid reflux or heartburn drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are linked to acute and chronic kidney disease or kidney failure, increased risk of heart attack, and increased risk for dementia. Prolonged use of PPIs is also linked to nutrient and magnesium deficiencies increasing the risk for serious infections, and bone density loss causing concern for bone fractures in people who use PPIs.
Nexium (“The Purple Pill”), Prilosec and Prevacid are popular PPIs prescribed or purchased over-the-counter for treatment of gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease (GERD), more commonly known as acid reflux or heartburn. Multiple lawsuits have already been filed against Nexium.
PPIs are one of the most commonly used drug worldwide.
It is estimated that 15 million Americans use PPIs. Many prescriptions for PPIs are inappropriate or prescriptions are written for PPIs without looking into how long the patient had already been on PPIs. Many people who do not need PPIs still take them or people stay on PPIs longer than they need to.
For many years people thought PPIs were safe, but new data is emerging suggesting PPIs are not safe and may cause serious side effects. One PPI patient developed muscle weakness and severe leg cramping because she was suffering from a magnesium deficiency caused by her PPI.
It is important to discuss with your doctor the risks associated with PPIs versus the benefits. If you are taking a PPI, contact your doctor immediately if you start to develop any side effects.
If you or someone you know has suffered severe side effect(s) from taking PPIs, contact us today for a free consultation.