Heartburn Keeping You Up Again?

June 26th, 2018


We spoke back in July about dangers of using prescription proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) for heartburn. As if the general problems weren’t enough to give you heartburn, how about this one? A medical study published by JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) in 2016 concluded that “Proton pump inhibitor use is associated with a higher risk of incident CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease).”  A new study published this past April appeared in the Journal of American Nephrology found that patients taking the PPI drugs had over 90 % probability of developing kidney failure, and almost a 30% increase in developing chronic kidney disease than those taking another type of medication.

Many think that PPIs are over prescribed. While no one wants to suffer from heartburn, there are safer alternatives available that don’t have such high risks of kidney damage. It’s not worth causing a problem that may wind up being fatal.

If you have been prescribed PPIs from the list below and have wound up with kidney problems, please give us a call. We can help -with the legal heartburn at least.

Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium)  
Aciphex (rabeprazole)
Protonix (pantoprazole)
Prevacid (lansoprazole)
Zegerid (omeprazole / sodium bicarbonate)
Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)
Prilosec (omeprazole)
Vimovo (esomeprazole and naproxen)

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