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Whether you suffer from occasional or frequent heartburn, you have probably heard of the three main types of medications designed to fight the problem: antacids, H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Here’s some information on how these medications work and why PPIs are considered by many to be dangerous.
PPIs (including Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec) are also meant for people suffering from severe heartburn. They work by slowing the proton pumps of certain stomach cells, reducing their ability to pump acid into the stomach. The pump removes non-acidic potassium ions from the stomach and replaces them with acidic hydrogen ions. PPIs tend to take longer to work than H2 blockers, but they work for a longer time period (anywhere from 24 hours to three days compared to about 12 hours).
Unfortunately, PPIs have been linked to severe kidney problems such as chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. CNN reported that, according to a study conducted by the American Society of Nephrology, patients who took PPIs were at a much higher risk of developing kidney problems than those who took H2 blockers. PPI users, according to the study, were 28 percent more likely to develop chronic kidney disease and 96 percent more likely to suffer from kidney failure.
PPIs have grown substantially in popularity in recent years even though there are far safer alternatives available. While PPIs are associated with serious kidney problems, there has been no link established between alternatives such as antacids and H2 blockers and renal system complications.