In past years, there has been concern (and dare we say hype) about the long-term effects of using PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) like Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid. These drugs work to lessen the amount of acid present in the stomach; this acid is what contributes to ulcers, acid reflux, and another digestion-related issues.
Some in the medical community have believed that long-term use of PPIs could contribute to heart disease, fractures, and other side effects. A new study has just recently been released that indicates that these side effects are not related to long-term use of PPIs and that both physicians and patients should be reassured in the safety of PPIs.
This study was performed over a period of three years and found little-to-no difference in heart disease, fractures, and many other potential side effects in those using PPIs when compared to those taking a placebo. This is from a large prospective, randomized, controlled study of over 17,000 people.
That is great news for those who have chronic conditions for which PPIs are the obvious treatment choice. You can take your PPI without concern that you may be leaving yourself open to these potential serious side effects. As always, if you have questions about this, talk with your physician; if needed, you can conveniently request an appointment with us online. They will be able to answer your questions and calm your fears regarding long-term PPI use.