Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) are used for inhibiting gastric acid secretion in the body.
PPIs are prescribed for people suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease (PUD), dyspepsia, and other conditions. However, the FDA has issued a warning about using PPIs more than thrice in the space of twelve months.
As a rule of thumb, there are no serious side effects of proton pump inhibitors when these are used over the short term. However, extended use of PPIs can lead to serious consequences that include bone fracture. Medical practitioners theorize that the chances of bone fracture increase because of a reduction in the amount of calcium and Vitamin B12 absorbed by the body because of the action of the proton pump inhibitors. It is also thought that the PPIs affect the generation of new bone cells.
Other adverse effects of PPIs include:
- loose motions
Senior citizens are at greater risk of hip fractures from the use of proton pump inhibitors, and when that happens, it is very difficult for an aged individual to regain the quality of life. Bacterial infections of the gastrointestinal tract and chronic diarrhea can also result from extended use of PPI.
Research shows that women who take PPIs during pregnancy are likely to deliver babies with congenital heart defects. Acidity and heartburn are a common symptom associated with pregnancy and doctors suggest PPIs for relief.
Doctors prescribe PPIs in the form of pills or liquids. These are sold under brand names that include Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prelosic, and Aciphex.
Contact Alex R. Hernandez Jr. PLLC. if you have experienced any of the above-mentioned symptoms after taking proton pump inhibitors. We can help you get compensation if you have received the wrong prescription or there has been an error of any kind. We are firm in our belief that drug manufacturers and marketers need to be held accountable for any drug-related injuries and illnesses.