Acid Reflux / GERD
PPI’s (proton pump-inhibitors)
PPI’s are drugs which relieve acid-related symptoms, linked to medical disorders. Some disorders can include:
- Peptic ulcers which are sores in your stomach’s lining
- Zollinger-Ellison-syndrome; pancreatic tumours causing your stomach to produce too much acid
- Kinds of PPI’s
Different proton pump inhibitors are available. Some can be bought at a drug store, over the counter, whilst others need a prescription from a doctor. The use of these medications will be determined by your health-condition.
- PPI’s : Side-effects
These types of medication are effective and safe to use for the majority of people. It will depend on which period you will have to take the PPI-drug and the overall condition of your health. However, it is always important to check this with your doctor.
- Risks for some people
- Can increase the risk of heart attacks
- An elevated risk to develop CKD (chronic kidney disease)
- Can result in nutritional deficiencies
- Elevating the risk of dementia
- May increase your chances of osteoporosis (bone loss) or bone fractures
- May result in a heightened chance to develop infections
- Can cause swelling inside your kidneys (acute interstitial-nephritis)
Consult with your doctor prior to consuming PPI’s or antacids. Some limitations may exist, particularly if you receive dialysis treatment.