Sometimes solving one problem only creates another problem for us. Millions of people in the United States are using Proton Pump inhibitors to treat acid reflux and reduce heartburn as it is the most prescribed drug in the United States. And it is widely and easily available all over the country. But according to the research presented in today at an American Heart Association Conference, these medications may also increase the risk of ischemic stroke which is not good for the people. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, Ischemic strokes are the most common and dangerous type of stroke.
The research of this is conducted in Denmark where quarter-million patients who are suffering from stomach pain and indigestion were presented and were taking one of four PPIs: Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid or Nexium. it was all clear with research which is done that stroke risk is increased with 21% among patients who are taking a PPI. They have also found that stroke risk is increased by 33% for those patients who are taking Prilosec and Prevacid, 50% on those who are Nexium patients and 79% for Protonix patients.
In a recent interview the company that makes Prilosec, said that the drug is “FDA approved and it is very safe and effective remedy to relieve frequent heartburn symptoms. They also mentioned that Prilosec OTC has the history of providing safe and effective remedies for the consumer use.
On the other side, the maker of Nexium said that Patient safety is very important and it is the first priority, they have also ensured that all of their PPI medicines are very safe and effective when it is used in accordance with the label. A spokeswoman said that the company was not consulted during the time of research, they could not comment anything related to this.
A pair of 2010 studies found that PPIs were associated with an increased risk of a serious bacterial infection as stomach acid play a role in killing both good and bad bacteria present in our gut. And when someone is taking PPIs, their amount of stomach acid is reduced which creates an environment in which bacteria can flourish. On that basis, Dr. Michael Katz told, as a culture, we tend to have medicines to deal with our problems but one can avoid it by starting eating smaller meals, drinking less alcohol or not smoking.by doing this a lot of people can reduce their heartburn problems.