ARE YOU TAKING THIS CLASS OF DRUGS FOR STOMACH PROBLEMS?
Proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec, Nexium, Aciphex and a very popular class of drugs for gastritis and heartburn. This class of drugs was designed ONLY for short term use (several months at most) and yet many patients remain on them for years. First off, it is very rare for someone to make too much stomach acid. It’s just not common. Consider this–stress shuts down digestion. Digestion also slows down as we get older, leading to stomach acid deficiencies in most seniors. Knowing this, do you REALLY think you make too much stomach acid and that’s why your doctor put you on this class of drugs? Most often, symptoms are from too LITTLE stomach acid and supporting digestion (the exact opposite!) actually works very well. Either way, in this study, researchers found that long term use of PPI in a mouse model actually destroyed the lining of the stomach, leading to even worse digestion. Bottom line? This class of drugs is NOT designed for long term use. If you’ve got a bleeding ulcer, great–this class of drugs will likely save your life. Short of that you need to look for better options.