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 ...
Severe change in acid level of blood (pH balance), which leads to damage in all of the body organs
Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
Loss of vision Severe pain in the throat Severe pain or burning in the nose, eyes, ears, lips, or tongue
Blood in the stool Burns and possible holes in the food pipe (esophagus) Severe abdominal pain Vomiting
Heart and blood
Low blood pressure that develops rapidly
Lungs and airways
Breathing difficulty (from breathing in the detergent) Throat swelling (may also cause breathing difficulty)
Burns Holes (necrosis) in the skin or tissues underneath Irritation
Abdominal ultrasound is an imaging procedure used to examine the internal organs of the abdomen, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys. The blood vessels that lead to some of these organs can also be looked at with ultrasound.
Ultrasound - abdomen; Abdominal sonogram
How the test is performed
An ultrasound machine creates images that allow various organs in the body to be examined. The machine sends out high-frequency sound waves, which reflect off body structures to create a picture. A computer receives these reflected waves and uses them to create a picture. Unlike with x-rays or CT scans, there is no ionizing radiation exposure with this test.
You will be lying down for the procedure. A clear, water-based conducting gel is applied to the skin over the abdomen. This helps with the transmission of the sound waves. A handheld probe called a transducer is then moved over the abdomen.
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