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Antacids Increase Pneumonia Risk

Pneumonia and iPod Touch

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As if we needed any more evidence that every drug has a side-effect – but here it is again.  A commonly used drug for acid reflux is associated with a higher risk of pneumonia.

Proton-pump inhibiting drugs include omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), rabeprazole (Aciphex), pantoprazole (Protonix), esomeprazole (Nexium), and Zegarid, a rapid release form of omeprazole.

A study recently published in the European Respiratory Journal found that recent treatment (<30 days treatment initiation) was associated with a significant increase in the risk of developing pneumonia compared to controls who did not take this kind of medication.

antacids and pneumonia
Other side-effects for this class of drugs include headache, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, nausea, and rash.

Sounds pleasant.

Maybe addressing the cause of the reflux rather than simply masking it with drugs would be a good first step!

If you would like a natural, drug-free means of approaching your health concern – let us know.  We’re here to help!

Your St. Paul Chiropractor,

Dr. Joel

SOURCE: Meijvis SCA, et al. Microbial evaluation of proton pump inhibitors and the risk of
pneumonia. European Respiratory Journal, 2011.


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