Friday, 24 February 2017

Popular Heartburn Drugs Linked to Gradual Yet ‘Silent’ Kidney Damage

Popular Heartburn Drugs Linked to Gradual Yet ‘Silent’ Kidney Damage

 As with all health conditions, if they persist too long, there needs to be an investigation rather than keeping taking medication.  The best way to establish the right treatment is to get to the core of the condition and find out what causes it.

Newswise — Taking popular heartburn drugs for prolonged periods has been linked to serious kidney problems, including kidney failure. The sudden onset of kidney problems often serves as a red flag for doctors to discontinue their patients’ use of so-called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are sold under the brand names Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium and Protonix, among others.

But a new study evaluating the use of PPIs in 125,000 patients indicates that more than half of patients who develop chronic kidney damage while taking the drugs don’t experience acute kidney problems beforehand, meaning patients may not be aware of a decline in kidney function, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System. Therefore, people who take PPIs, and their doctors, should be more vigilant in monitoring use of these medications.
The study is published Feb. 22 in Kidney International.
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