A new study released today announced that regular use of Proton Pump Inhibitors increase the risk of bone fractures. This shouldn't come as a surprise. A previous news article released in December of 2006 reported similar findings.
The most recent study, reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), specifically reported an increased risk of hip fracture after 5 years of prolonged exposure to PPIs and increased risk of any fracture after 7 years.
What does this mean for you?
Don't panic. Our experts have analyzed the risk of PPI use for your or your loved one with acid reflux. For more information read our expert analyses below:
- Dr. Eisner: PPI's Found to Increase Risk of Bone Fracture: What Does This Mean for Your Health?
- Jan Gambino: New Study Links PPI Use and Hip Fractures
- Jan Gambino: More Thoughts on Calcium Absorption, GERD and PPIs
And read our latest coverage from nutritionist Jennifer Rackley and GERD mom Tracy Davenport:
More on Proton Pump Inhibitors:
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are a common class of drugs used to treat acid reflux and GERD by blocking the production of acid in the stomach. Common PPIs include protonix, nexium, prevacid, aciphex, and prilosec. For more information on PPIs visit our Acid Reflux drug information page.
To learn more about how PPIs work to reduce acid reflux symptoms watch the video PPI therapy.
Published On: August 11, 2008