Acid reflux drugs increase risk of fractures. Such is the title of an article published just a few days ago. Considered as “breakthrough” news, I have been warning of the very same problem in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program for years.
This is just further evidence of how the Save Our Bones community is ahead of the curve.
As usual, the writing was on the wall, but mainstream medicine looked the other way. The good news is that the truth can't be hidden any longer. Read the article below and my take that follows:
FDA: Acid Reflux Drugs Increase Risk of Fractures
Published March 24, 2011
U.S. health regulators said that patients taking prescription ulcer drugs at high doses or for longer periods may have increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist and spine.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was revising the prescription and over-the-counter labels for the drugs to include new safety information about the possible increased risk of fractures.
The FDA said it reviewed seven published studies, six of which showed an increased risk of fractures with the use of the drugs.
The drugs, called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), are widely used to treat ulcers, acid reflux and other conditions.
The FDA said that fracture risk was highest for patients on high doses of prescription PPIs or on PPI for one year or more.
Prescription PPIs include names such as AstraZeneca's Nexium, Prilosec and Vimovo, Takeda Pharmaceutical's Dexilant and Prevacid, Pfizer's Protonix,Johnson & Johnson and Eisai's Aciphex, and Santarus' Zegerid.
Prilosec, Zegerid and Prevacid are also available in over-the-counter versions.
Most of the studies tested individuals aged 50 years or older, and the increased risk of fracture was seen mainly in this age group.
The FDA is also working with the manufacturers of these drugs to further study this possible risk, it said.
Short-term, low dose use of the drugs is unlikely to pose a fracture risk, the regulator said on its website.
The over-the-counter versions of the drugs are marketed at low doses and only intended for a 14-day course up to 3 times per year.
However, since consumers may take the OTC products for a longer time than the directions on the label, the FDA plans to revise those labels as a precautionary measure.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/03/24/fda-acid-reflux-drugs-increase-risk-fractures/#ixzz1I95U1efW
Because you are a Save Our Bones community member, this is “old” news for you. As I wrote earlier, it’s been years that I have been warning of the very same problems in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program.
In it I point out that drugs commonly used for acid reflux, known as Proton Pump Inhibitors such as Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid to name a few, prevent the absorption of critical bone-healthy nutrients.
It is obvious that a lack of vitamins and minerals necessary for the maintenance of strong bones will lead to an increased risk of fractures. In fact, for many micronutrients to enter the bloodstream, good amounts of stomach acid are necessary.
These wildly popular drugs reduce the amount of hydrochloric acid secreted by the stomach. It is therefore not surprising that long-term therapy eventually ends up causing severe nutrient deficiencies that can wreak havoc on your health.
Which nutrients require stomach acid for proper absorption? The main ones are calcium, magnesium, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, and CoQ10. They are all important both for your bone health and your general health.
And as I wrote in an article titled “Yet Another Good Reason to Avoid Osteoporosis Drugs”, if you’ve taken bisphosphonates in the past, chances are you are already CoQ10 deficient. In case you didn’t read it, I strongly recommend you check out that blog post on CoQ10, where I explain its important role and how bisphosphonate drugs prevent its synthesis.
There is a big lesson to be learned here: sooner or later, the band-aid approach employed by the medical establishment will self-destroy. Instead, it will be replaced with natural solutions that correct the true cause of health problems.