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
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