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Health Tip: Before You Take This Heartburn Medication...

Health Tip: Before You Take This Heartburn Medication...

04/05/13

(HealthDay News) -- A proton pump inhibitor, a drug commonly taken for heartburn, may cause side effects.

The American Academy of Family Physicians lists these factors to consider before using a proton pump inhibitor (PPI):

  • If you're a postmenopausal woman, talk with your doctor because a PPI could increase your risk for bone fractures.
  • If you've been treated for a C. difficileinfection, check with your doctor because PPIs may increase the risk of the infection returning.
  • If you have problems with your immune system or are elderly, check with your doctor because PPIs may increase the risk of pneumonia.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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