Heartburn Drugs Can Cause Fractures

May 26th, 2010 - 9:39 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

May 26, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): Health supervisory bodies in America have warned physicians and patients about the mounting risk of bone fracture due to the lengthy usage of well-liked heartburn drugs like Nexium and Prilosec. In keeping with recent studies, usage of heartburn drugs like Nexium and Prilosec for more than 12 months can ensure bone fracture.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enunciated that many studies have emphasized that the risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures mounts due to the use of the heartburn drugs over a drawn out period of time. More than half a dozen researches have demonstrated that those who are more than 50 years old and suffer from fractures have devoured the aforementioned drugs, which curb stomach acids for around 1 – 12 years.

These heartburn drugs are known as proton pump inhibitors and they constitute the third largest selling class of drugs. These drugs consist of prescription drugs like AstraZeneca’s Nexium and Takeda’s Prevacid. These medicines are recommended to cure stomach ulcers, some gastrointestinal maladies, oesophagus-related conditions etc. Procter & Gamble’s Prilosec belongs to the same sort of drugs and is now sold over the counter.

Currently, people are recommended not to continue the usage of these drugs for in excess of 14 days.

FDA also mentioned that it is modifying the label of these drugs so that it will caution the consumers about the possible fracture risk. The agency also has emphasized to health experts that they must think about whether a lesser dosage of the drug or shorter length of therapy could be used to cure the patients.

One hypothesis for the bone fracture is that the curbed stomach acid might impede calcium absorption.

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