Dangers of heartburn medications

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Below is an example of a quick-fix solution just causing more problems (while only superficially addressing the main complaint).

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, as well as H2 blockers, such as Zantac, Pepcid and Tagamet, when taken very occasionally are no worse for you than a fast-food hamburger. If taken regularly, though, you begin running the risk of consequences. By suppressing natural body functions, here the production of stomach acid, you invite a wealth of disorders, including nutrient deficiencies, bone loss, heart attack, and as detailed in the below article increased risk of stomach infections.

We need stomach acid for so many reasons. If there’s an imbalance leading to stomach acid causing problems, address that imbalance; don’t simply squash the acid. It is quick and easy, just pop a pill. However, the nature and power of the therapeutic effect mirrors that effort.

Heartburn Drugs May Raise Risk of Stomach Infections (from the US National Library of Medicine, 1/9/2017)

 

 

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