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Heartburn Drugs: Kidney Damage Risk Increases With PPIs, Says Study

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By    |   Friday, 15 Apr 2016 01:23 PM

Over-the-counter heartburn drugs could be increasing kidney disease, suggested a new study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

The study's researchers discovered that 15 percent of people using proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) were diagnosed with chronic kidney disease compared to 11 percent of those on H2-blockers. After controlling for age and other diseases, the difference translated into a 28-percent increased risk for developing kidney disease among those using the PPIs, CBS News reported.

The PPI drugs commonly used for heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux can be found in brand names like Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid, according to National Public Radio. First approved in the 1980, proton-pump inhibitors have also been linked to other problems like bone fractures, infections and heart problems.

"Proton pump inhibitors are among the most commonly used drugs worldwide and have been linked to acute interstitial nephritis," stated the JAMA study. "Less is known about the association between PPI use and chronic kidney disease."

CBS News reported that Johns Hopkins University researchers found a similar conclusion in an earlier JAMA Internal Medicine study.

Dr. Kenneth R. DeVault, president of the American College of Gastroenterology and chair of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, told CBS News that while the risk is real, the odds are low.

"Keep in mind that the study population was a veteran's hospital, a relatively older population that had lots of other diseases," DeVault said. "One would have to assume if you were the average healthy person taking a proton pump inhibitor for heartburn the odds would be even lower than the low odds in this study."

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