Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Powerful Antacid Drugs Raise Fracture Risk

Aciphex, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec and Protonix are the drugs in question.

From Health Day:

"New Canadian research shows that long-term use of proton pump inhibitors for acid reflux, peptic ulcers and related disorders elevates the risk of osteoporosis-related fractures.

This is now the third large study finding an increased risk of such fractures in people who use these medications. This latest study, reported in the current issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found the longest period of time from starting the drugs to seeing problems emerge.

Physicians and patients may need to curb their enthusiasm for prescribing proton pump inhibitors, which have surged in popularity, experts said."

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