April 4, 2013
Health Tip: Before You Take This Heartburn Medication...
Factors to consider when using a proton pump inhibitor
(HealthDay News) -- A proton pump inhibitor, a drug commonly taken for heartburn, may cause side effects.
The American Academy of Family Physicians lists these factors to consider before using a proton pump inhibitor (PPI):
- If you're a postmenopausal woman, talk with your doctor because a PPI could increase your risk for bone fractures.
- If you've been treated for a C. difficile infection, check with your doctor because PPIs may increase the risk of the infection returning.
- If you have problems with your immune system or are elderly, check with your doctor because PPIs may increase the risk of pneumonia.