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Antacids Pose Unique Dangers for Seniors

Antacid drugs like Zantac, Pepcid, Prevacid and Nexium are among the most widely prescribed medications in the world.

However, physicians with Britain’s National Health Service are warning seniors of serious side effects associated with the drugs, especially as you get older.

These studies consistently show that not only are they over prescribed, but that repeated use leads to dangers that stretch far beyond the original intention of the drugs, and in many cases will only make the underlying problem worse.

One Canadian study even found that use of the acid-reducing proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) rose 60 percent among seniors from 2001 to 2008, while also showing that an increasing number of the elderly were using the drugs for longer periods of time. It’s not uncommon for seniors to remain on acid-reducing drugs for up to 15 years at a time, which could have devastating health consequences.

Antacids are linked to an increased risk of gastrointestinal infections, while one category of the drugs, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), increase the risk of pneumonia.

PPIs are also associated with an increased risk of infection with the C. difficile bacterium, which is resistant to many antibiotics and can cause serious diarrheal illness.

The New York Times reported:

“Several studies also have shown an increased risk of bone fractures from osteoporosis in patients taking P.P.I.’s, though the results aren’t consistent. Possibly the change in stomach acidity reduces the body’s ability to absorb calcium.”

Despite being among the most widely prescribed medications in the world, antacids don’t get much scrutiny from doctors or patients.

Read the complete article here.

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* http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/277930-overview

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