According to a new study, the drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) that are commonly used to treat heartburn and acid reflux may cause...
According to a new study, the drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) that are commonly used to treat heartburn and acid reflux may cause damage to kidneys.
A team of researchers said that these drugs may have damaging effects on the kidneys. The team studied effects of thePPIson chronic kidney disease (CKD). Researcher Pradeep Arora from State University of New York and his team conducted a study involving 24,149 patients who developed CKD between 2001 and 2008. Out of the total 71,516 patients, about 25 per cent were treated with PPIs and the use of these drugs were linked to a 10 percent increased risk of CKD and a 76 percent increased risk of dying prematurely.
Arora said, "As a large number of patients are being treated with PPIs, health care providers need to be better educated about the potential side effects of these drugs, such as CKD."
Other studies have showed similar results in recent times and this has raised concerns over the use of PPIs to treat patients. Benjamin Lazarus of Johns Hopkins University and his colleagues conducted a similar study and arrived at the same results. Data showed that PPIsare among the top 10 class of prescribed medications in the US and also that the prevalence of chronic kidney diseaseis on the rise in the US.