Do you suffer from the burning gnawing pain of heartburn?
If so, you’re in good company.
Over 15 million Americans battle the burn, or what experts call GERD, daily.
Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, are one of the most commonly prescribed medications for treating the problem.
And Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid are among some of the most popular brand-names of these drugs.
But it turns out treating your heartburn could be doing MAJOR harm to your kidneys.
Talk about stepping out of the frying pan and into the fire.
Here’s the scoop…
Beware PPIs could come with side effects
The U.S. government maintains a database of reported drug side effects. It’s called the FDA Adverse Effects Reporting System, or FAERS for short.
This huge database contains voluntary records for more than 10 million folks who have experienced adverse effects while taking a medication.
So naturally, when researchers from the University of California wanted to find out about unexpected PPI side effects, they turned to FAERS.
They identified 43,000 folks in the database who took a PPI and no other medications. As well as a control group of 8,000 patients who took another type of heartburn med, a histamine-2 receptor blocker such as Zantac or Pepcid, and no other drugs.
And then they began carefully combing through the data.
They were looking for any differences in kidney-linked complications between patients in the two groups.
And what they found may shock you.
Kidney problems SHOT through the roof
PPI users were FAR more likely to have major kidney problems.
In fact, when they compared the PPI takers to the control group they were…
- 4 times MORE likely to report chronic kidney disease
- 2 times MORE likely to report an acute kidney injury
- 5 percent MORE likely to have end-stage renal disease
- 8 times MORE likely to have an unspecific kidney problem
And the pattern stayed true for all five of the PPIs they examined.
The study doesn’t reveal how long folks were on the drugs before they’re kidney problems popped up. So more research is needed to figure out when these dangers start to skyrocket.
But, of course, this isn’t the first trouble we’ve seen with PPIs. Far from it.
In fact, I’ve shared some of the dangers of chronic PPI use with you before. They range from weakened bones to higher early death risk.
Relieve heartburn pain NATURALLY
If you are on a PPI now, don’t stop it without talking to your doctor first. Going cold-turkey can have unwanted side effects too.
Some folks find good heartburn symptom relief with natural approaches. Ones to consider include…
- baking soda in warm water
- chamomile tea
- purified aloe vera juice (use sparingly)
- ginger tea
- raw potato juice
- fennel seed tea
And if you and your doctor decide a PPI is STILL the best choice for you be sure to take it for the shortest time possible. And ask your doc to keep an eye on your kidney function.