Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Heartburn Drugs Cause Bone Fractures

You have got to take pity on the poor woman or man who has been prescribed Nexium or Prilosec for chronic heartburn.

Why?

Studies have shown that long-term use of drugs such as Nexium or Prilosec for more than a year increased the likelihood of hip fracture by more than 40 percent. Patients on high-dose heartburn medication were more than twice as likely to break a hip than those not taking such drugs.

What's the cause? Perhaps the reduction of stomach acid decreases calcium absorption and increases bone loss.

You have got to wonder what the drug makers were thinking about and when did they know about the bone loss?

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