Medications for heartburn can cause serious health effects

In the treatment of gastritis and gastroesophageal reflux disease are drugs proton pump, which reduces the acidity in the stomach, thus removed the symptoms of heartburn, pain and burning. This group of drugs, until recently, was considered a relatively safe and widely recommended by doctors for treatment.

A recent study conducted by German doctors, debunks myths about the safety of proton pump inhibitors. Dr. Von Rahden BH and co-authors reported that this group of drugs causes serious side effects with prolonged use. Noted the following undesirable effects: osteoporosis, and as a consequence broken bones, a violation of the natural microflora in the intestines and as a consequence of diarrhoea (diarrhea), the development of nosocomial pneumonia. In addition, patients with cardiovascular disease, joint use of aspirin and clopidogrel leads to poor prognosis of the underlying disease.

These data have called into question the feasibility of long-term therapy drugs proton pump, as the risks of taking these drugs are greater than the benefits that can be obtained.

Undoubtedly, it is necessary to seek new and safe drugs for the treatment of gastritis, and in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease it is better to use the method of surgical treatment is laparoscopic fundoplication.

In our country of proton pump inhibitors are frequently used molecules omeprazole, pantoprazole, lansoprazole, and others.

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