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Common heartburn drugs may put you at increased kidney risk

Think twice before popping those pills for heartburn, they could damage your kidneys in the long run.

Written by Agencies |Published : April 17, 2016 5:15 PM IST

According to a recent study, drugs commonly prescribed to combat heartburn may increase a person's risk of serious kidney damage. The study was published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) suppress production of acid in the stomach and are used to treat heartburn, acid reflux, and gastric ulcers. Read: Are your medicines damaging your kidneys?

Researchers who compared patients taking the medicines and histamine H2 blockers, another type of drug that reduces stomach acid, found a strong association between PPIs and declining kidney function.

Lead scientist Dr Ziyad Al-Aly, from the VA Saint Louis Health Care System in the US, said that the results emphasise the importance of limiting PPI use to only when it is medically necessary, and also limiting the duration of use to the shortest possible.

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The research analysed information from national databases of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, identifying 173,321 new users of PPIs and 20,270 new users of histamine H2 receptor blockers. Read: Tips to prevent kidney problems and diseases.

Other than just heartburn drugs, there are several other medicines that can end up damaging your kidneys in the long run. These could also include pain killers, such as acetaminophen, and also, aspirin and ibuprofen may lead to end stage kidney disease (ESKD) and acute renal failure with prolonged and consistent use. Drugs used to treat blood pressure can also cause kidney damage, so discuss any possible side-effects with your doctor in detail.

Source: ANI

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