Nexium & Prilosec: Two Popular Heartburn Drugs With Unexpected Side Effects
In recent years, it was discovered that drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can cause serious side effects such as kidney failure, dementia, birth defects, and heart attacks. Nexium and Prilosec are among these drugs. Millions of proton pump inhibitors are prescribed by doctors on a yearly basis, and even more are available over the counter. Beginning in 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started to watch over the dangers of prolonged use of heartburn drugs.
A History of Side Effects
The most serious side effects caused by proton pump inhibitors are increased risk of heart attack and kidney failure. There are also various other side effects to consider, which has lead the FDA to caution the public on the use of these drugs for prolonged periods of time.
Aside from Increased Risk of Heart Attack and Kidney Failure, Continued use of these Drugs Also Runs the Risk of:
- Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea
- Iron and vitamin B12 deficiency
- Kidney disease
- Spine, wrist and hip fractures
- Birth defects
While many are eager to turn to popular heartburn drugs like Nexium and Prilosec, doctors suggest that many problems can be solved without medication. Solutions such as weight loss and avoiding precipitating foods are often a remedy. Always be sure to consider the risks and benefits of taking heartburn medication and discuss your options with a health professional.
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