Are Some Medications Putting Your Kidney At Risk?

medicationAccording to a study released by the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, taking one of the most popular prescribed medications — proton pump inhibitors may dramatically lead to an increase in a person’s risk for kidney failure and kidney disease.

Doctors prescribe proton pump inhibitors, also known as PPIs, to help people who suffer from regular heart burn, ulcers, gastro-esophageal reflux disease or acid reflux.

Some of these products are marketed under popular brand names such as Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix, Aciphex and others.

A large segment of the American population currently take many of these drugs because of the quick relief these products offer and their low toxicity.

The authors of the study found that a large percentage of those patients who were taking PPIs were now having more kidney problems than those patients who took the alternative histamine H2 receptor blockers.

Patients who took PPIs had a 96% increased risk of developing kidney failure and a 28% increased risk of chronic kidney disease compared to the patients who took the histamine H2 receptor blockers.

Earlier studies have also shown that taking PPIs have been linked to acute interstitial nephritis, a problem that may be likely to end in kidney failure.

The authors of this latest research suggest that PPIs are overprescribed.

Previous research, including a 2008 study and others have shown the same.

The authors of the new study conclude if a person has a prescription for a PPI, it should be used sparingly and only taken for a short period of time.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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