Nexium Hip Fracture:
and Other Heartburn Drugs Can Cause Hip Fractures
Dr. Ben Kim
study published in a recent edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association
indicates that taking heartburn drugs like Nexium, Prilosec, or Prevacid for one
year or longer can significantly increase the risk of experiencing a hip fracture
in people over 50 years of age.
to IMS Health, a corporation that tracks drug sales all over the world, Nexium
is one of the most popular drugs in the world, second only to the cholesterol
drug Lipitor. Sales of Nexium totaled $4.6 billion in 2005.
millions of people who are currently taking Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, or any
other drug in the same class of proton pump inhibitors need to carefully consider
the decision to be on one of these drugs.
authors of this study suggest that when proton pump inhibitors decrease the acid
content of the stomach, the body may lose some of its ability to absorb calcium,
which can potentially lead to weaker bones and teeth.
study also indicates that another class of drugs that is used to suppress the
discomfort of heartburn - known as H2 blockers - also poses a similar but smaller
risk of paving the way to developing hip fractures. The most popular H2 blockers
on the North American market are Tagamet and Pepcid.
the study took into account medical records of more than 145,000 patients in England.
Those who used proton pump inhibitors for a year or more had a 44 percent higher
risk of experiencing hip fractures compared to those who did not use one of these
drugs; the higher the dose, the higher the risk of developing a hip fracture.
Ways To Decrease Heartburn
following are dietary and lifestyle measures that I have found to be helpful for
many cases of chronic heartburn:
in a way that minimizes gas production. Bloating from gas production can put pressure
on and weaken the lower esophageal sphincter, which usually leads to heartburn.
The keys to minimizing gas production are:
your food until liquid
foods that your digestive system simply cannot tolerate - dairy is a problem for
alcohol, especially hard liquor.
excessive intake of caffeine.
regular exposure to nicotine.
regular intake of spicy foods.
loose, comfortable clothing around your chest, back, and abdomen.
time each day doing something that helps you experience a sense of inner calm
and balance. Listening to soothing
music or sitting in meditation or prayer are excellent options.
your heartburn is being caused by a hiatal hernia (a condition where a portion
of your stomach is pushing into your diaphragm and putting pressure on your esophagus),
you may find the following article to be helpful:
share this article with friends or family members who are currently taking a drug
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