Extended use of heartburn drugs and increase risk of death: A Roundup

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Heartburn drugs specifically the proton pump inhibitor have been in the news lately because a new study has found that these drugs may have a direct link with increased risk of death of the person taking them.

Researchers have pointed out that these over-the-counter heartburn drugs commonly used to treat heartburn, ulcers, and other digestive problems may increase the risk for early death when taken over an extended period. Millions of people around the world use these drugs on everyday basis with estimates indicating that these drugs are highly used in the US and UK.

They are among the most widely used drugs on the NHS. GPs in England alone dish out an estimated 55m prescriptions a year. Use has risen because the obesity epidemic has increased cases of acid reflux – the cause of severe heartburn. Here’s a roundup of all the stories covered by major news outlets around the world.

http://www.fox7austin.com/good-day/265875740-storyStudy: Use of heartburn drugs tied to an early death – FOX 7 Austin According to a new study, over-the-counter heartburn drugs are tied to an increased risk of early death. At prescription strength, proton-pump inhibitors are associated with a potential 25% increased risk of early death from any cause, suggests new …

 

 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170705113546.htmPopular heartburn drugs linked to higher early death risk – Science Daily Popular heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have been linked to a variety of health problems, including serious kidney damage, bone fractures and dementia. Now, a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

 

 

https://www.healthcentral.com/article/long-term-use-of-common-heartburn-drug-linked-to-early-death-riskLong-Term Use of Common Heartburn Drug Linked to Early Death Risk – HealthCentral.com Drugs commonly used to treat heartburn, ulcers, and other digestive problems may increase the risk for early death when taken over an extended period, according to a study published in BMJ Open. These medications—proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)—also …

 

 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/3941725/common-heartburn-drugs-taken-by-millions-increase-the-risk-of-early-death-by-half/Common heartburn drugs taken by MILLIONS ‘increase the risk of early death by HALF’ – The Sun They are among the most widely used drugs on the NHS. GPs in England alone dish out an estimated 55m prescriptions a year. Use has risen because the obesity epidemic has increased cases of acid reflux – the cause of severe heartburn. The pills are only …

 

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