Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) heartburn medications like Nexium and Prilosec may cause complications in patients with heart disease, according to a new study.
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What’s the Problem?
August 19, 2016 – For the study, which was published in June in the International Journal of Cardiology, researchers looked at more than 600 patients with heart disease. About half had been taking proton pump inhibitors after cardiovascular treatment as part of their therapy. Patients with atrial fibrillation (a-fib) were more likely to be using the medications than those who didn’t.
- Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium)
- Aciphex (rabeprazole)
- Protonix (pantoprazole)
- Prevacid (lansoprazole)
- Zegerid (omeprazole / sodium bicarbonate)
- Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)
- Prilosec (omeprazole)
- Vimovo (esomeprazole and naproxen)
Results of the study indicated that PPI users were 6 times more likely to suffer from anemia — a condition that develops when the blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells — compared to non-users. PPI use was also linked to a worsening metabolic profile, a blood test that measures glucose levels, electrolyte and fluid balance, kidney function and liver function. The study’s authors believed that this could be partially due to the decreased use in this group of ACE-inhibitors and statins.
The researchers concluded that prolonged use of proton pump inhibitors was associated with a worsening of red blood count indexes, lower weight and underutilization of cardioprotective medications.
Do I have a Heartburn Drug Lawsuit?
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