Yes, acid-reducing medications can cause bone loss. Many medications and medical disorders can cause bone loss; but in this article we'll only be looking at the effects of proton pump inhibitors like, Protonix®, Prilosec®, and Prevacid®, etc.
What are proton pump inhibitors?
Proton pump inhibitors (PPI's) are medications taken for various stomach disorders and an over-production of stomach acid. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers are two of the disorders that can cause excess stomach acid that sometime needs treatment with a proton pump inhibitor. Proton pump inhibitors reduce the acid produced in the wall of the stomach providing healing of ulcers, and other disorders, that may exist in the esophagus, stomach, or duodenum.
If you have this condition and need to take these types of medications, long-term use of these can cause an increase in osteoporotic fractures and bone loss. Long-term use is defined as ...
I have a 13 year old daughter that gets nauseated and sometimes stomach cramping with it about 4 times a year that usually lasts 2 days. She won't eat and can't go to school. She feels miserable during these times. i usually give her medicine for acid reflux (Nexium or Prilosec) with Mylanta and it has no positive effect. Could these be abdominal migraines? She has had nausea for the last day and a half with no stomach pain. She has a chronic condition of some sort. What do you suggest? Sara.
Yes, this could be abdominal Migraine. For more information, see Abdominal Migraine - The Basics .
Our suggestion? Take your daughter to the doctor to find out if this is abdominal Migraine or something else and what to do for her when these episodes occur.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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Prolactinomas are benign tumors of the pituitary gland that secrete prolactin. This hormone is best known for inducing milk production in women, but it also serves as a regulator of sexual function in men.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Prolactinomas are the most common pituitary tumors. Men and women are equally likely to be affected. However, smaller tumors (microadenomas) are more common in women, probably because of earlier detection.
Prolactinomas may occur alone or as part of multiple endocrine tumor syndromes.
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