The Pundit Speaks

Acid Reflux Drugs Linked to Bad Side Effects

An estimated 20 percent of Americans suffer from acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux, both often referred to as “heartburn.” Acid reflux drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), include lansoprazole (Prevacid), manufactured by Novartis, as well as esomeprazole (Nexium) and omeprazole (Prilosec), both manufactured by AstraZeneca. Millions of U.S. residents take proton pump inhibitors (PPI), which are widely prescribed to treat heartburn, ulcers and other gastrointestinal problems. This class of medication has been available for commercial use for nearly 25 years. Both PPIs and H2 blockers (histamine-2– receptor antagonists (H2RA) are prescribed for serious medical conditions, such as upper GI tract bleeding, gastroesophageal reflux disease and esophageal cancer.

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