In November 2016 we learned about a new study that suggests these popular category heartburn medications, known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), may increase the risk of ischemic strokes.
From a press release from the American Heart Association, “Popular heartburn medication may increase ischemic stroke risk”, we get the following facts:
A popular group of antacids known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, used to reduce stomach acid and treat heartburn may increase the risk of ischemic stroke, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016….
Ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, is caused by clots blocking blood flow to or in the brain.
… Researchers determined if the stroke occurred while patients were using 1 of 4 PPIs: omeprazole (Prilosec), pantoprazole (Protonix), lansoprazole (Prevacid) and esomeprazole (Nexium).
For ischemic stroke, researchers found:
Overall stroke risk increased by 21 percent when patients were taking a PPI.
At the lowest doses of the PPIs, there was slight or no increased stroke risk.
At the highest dose for these 4 PPI’s, stroke risk increased from 30 percent for lansoprazole (Prevacid) to 94 percent for pantoprazole (Protonix).
We will continue to monitor the various side effects that have been associated with the use of Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid, as well as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) heartburn drugs and acid reflux medicines.
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