Proton pump inhibitors such as Nexium, Prilosec, prevacid have become the third most popular prescription drugs in the USA. Approximately, one hundred million Americans suffering from acid reflux disorder are using these types of drugs every year and recent studies reveal these medications which control heartburn and acid reflux can have serious side effects.
Commonly known as stomach reducers, they are generally safe and well tolerated but like any medication, whether its prescription or over the counter can have some side effects.
Five new studies have found side effects like headaches and nausea, which can occur with a variety of medications and are usually are not serious.
However, more serious side effects were found of fractures specific to the spine and wrist and an alarming 25 % increase in post menopause women. Studies also reveal an increase of bacterial infections. These stomach reducers are design to suppress the acid in the stomach which then allows an overgrowth of bacteria that could lead to bacterial infections.
The number of people affected by fractures and bacterial infections is increasing every year and is quite significant considering there are so many people using proton pump inhibitors.
These reports are based on people who are on these medications daily and stay on them indefinitely. It’ s been estimated that half of these people using these drugs maybe on them unnecessarily, so if you are one of them, you should consider talking about the subject with your doctor, and ask if this medication is really necessary. Maybe your doctor can provide alternative solutions you can try that are less potent.
Besides taking pills or medications, there are other solutions people can do such as behavioral modification to prevent or ease these symptoms.
You want to try to prevent the problem before you have to treat it!
So here are a few suggestions that could help.
- Stop smoking
- Lying down after eating a meal is not good for the stomach and the esophagus. You should wait at least 3 hours before going to sleep.
- Loosen up your belt or tight clothing after you eat will help to release the pressure in your belly
- Watch your diet – avoid things like fatty foods or food that you know by experience will trigger heartburn or acid reflux.
It’ s important to modify your habits because over time all that acid can lead to ulcers and serious problems with the esophagus.