Are you experiencing acid reflux and taking a
Proton Pump Inhibitor? (PPI)
If so, you are not alone. In 2009, proton pump inhibitors were the third-largest class of drug sold in the United States with $13.6 billion in sales and representing more than 110 million prescriptions.*
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) are more commonly recognized by their commercial names such as; Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium and Aciphex.
Recent concerns are surfacing over the usage and safety of these PPI's.
Dr. Mitchell H. Katz of the San Francisco Department of Health says, "PPIs have been over-prescribed. Between 53% and 69% of PPI prescriptions are for inappropriate indications." Katz recommends that doctors use shorter courses and lower does when possible.
A study under Shelly L Gray , Doctor of Pharmacy, of the University of Washington, Seattle, studied more than 130,000 women enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative. Women who reported current PPI use were 47% more likely to have had a spine fracture, 26% more likely to have a forearm or wrist fracture, and 25% more likely to have any kind of fracture.
The FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration took note of this and on
May 25th 2010 issued a statement that labels for PPI's must state the increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist and spine. For more information from the FDA about Proton Pump Inhibitor safety click here
Suzy Cohen, a pharmacist and author featured on the television shows, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America and The View, has written a book on this subject, "Drug Muggers - Which Medications are Robbing you of your Essential Nutrients and Natural Ways to Restore Them".
For more information on Suzy Cohen and how to work with PPI's naturally, visit her website or read her article - "FDA warns about drug mugging effects of heartburn medications"
*IMS Health - a health-care market research firm