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Popular Acid Reflux Drugs Are Linked To Kidney Disease Risk

Popular Acid Reflux Drugs Are Linked To Kidney Disease Risk

Another reason not to stay on Proton Pump Inhibitors if you can sensibly live without.

(I do wonder with whom these PPIs are "popular". :-) )

Popular Acid Reflux Drugs Are Linked To Kidney Disease Risk

Updated January 12, 20165:10 PM ET Published January 11, 201611:19 AM ET

People who take certain popular medicines for heartburn, indigestion and acid reflux may want to proceed more cautiously, researchers reported Monday.

The drugs, known as proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), appear to significantly elevate the chances of developing chronic kidney disease, according to a study involving more than 250,000 people.

More to read and a link to the broadcast version - have not listened as I will not install Adobe Flash Player just for this...

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PPI's are popular with me! I have a hiatus hernia and cannot do without theses because if I stop them, the hernia slides up into my chest and I can't even swallow water, let alone food. Clemmie


Appreciate that some people have real difficulty doing without. Hence " if you can sensibly live without". :-) or should that be :-( ?

I know I might have mentioned these linked papers before, but you may find the following links of some interest (but unlikely to be of much practical value, sadly):


PPIs aren't popular with me, but my doctor keeps trying to push them on me. I have to take something to control acid though because I am taking Naproxen, I have to protect my stomach, but I have been taking ranitidine in preference to PPIs. I suspect the same problems arise with either.

The longer I spend on ranitidine the worse I feel but giving up the Naproxen is not currently an option, sadly. :(

What is also annoying is that I spent about 2 years gradually getting off PPIs, swapping it for ranitidine, then coming off ranitidine as well. ( had dreadful rebound problems with what felt like excessive acid.) I was only off acid blockers for a couple of years before I had to go back on them again. :(


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