The U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) published a new drug safety communication about the intake of proton-pump inhibitors (PPI). Studies have shown that prolonged use can increase the risk of bone fractures. PPI’s decrease the acidity in the stomach. Under current drug safety guidelines the recommended time to use PPI’s is two weeks. It is not uncommon practice to have these drugs prescribed for life.
I have educated my patients about this topic for years. There are certain nutrients that require an acidic environment to be absorbed (or digested). The most important are: protein, calcium and iron. Proton pump inhibitors limit the absorption of exactly those nutrients by decreasing the acidity in the stomach. This can increase the risk of bone fracture, anemia or hypoproteinemia (low protein levels in the blood). PPI’s are prescribed for conditions like heartburn, GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease), stomach and small intestine ulcers or acid reflux.
Examples of proton pump inhibitors are:
Prescription: Nexium, Dexilant, Prilosec, Zegerid, Prevacid, Protonix
OTC (over the counter): Prilosec, Zegerid
Traditional Chinese Medicine offers great alternatives for PPI’s. Acid reflux can be successfully treated and managed with acupuncture or herbal therapy, without side effects.
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