What Are Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI)?
Proton pump inhibitor medicines are typically prescribed to people who have problems with heartburn and acid reflux disease. This type of medication blocks acid buildup in the stomach. The problem is that PPIs might also block absorption of calcium, which might lead to additional side effects such as wrist, hip, forearm or spine fractures.
PPIs are drugs that are prescribed by doctors to treat different types of acid-peptic disorders including peptic ulcer disease, GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, and nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drug-induced gastrophy. These medications reduce the production of acid in your stomach by blocking the enzyme in the wall of your stomach which produces that acid. Reducing this acid not only prevents ulcers but also allows existing ulcers to heal
However, recent case studies have found that using PPIs for a long period of time might cause difficulty with the body’s ability to absorb calcium, which is important for healthy bones. Patients who use PPIs for more than a year are at an increased risk for fractures of the spine, forearm, wrist and hip. Additionally, women who are more than 50 years old or are post-menopausal are at a higher risk.
What Are Some Of The Possible Side Effects Of PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors)?
- Bone fractures including hip, wrist, spine, forearm
- Stomach problem such as abdominal pain, constipation, nausea, diarrhea
- Stroke or heart attack
- Allergic reactions
- Weight loss
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
Name Brands Of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
What Should I Do Next?
Tell your doctor if you think you might be suffering from a side effect. Always be sure to talk with your doctor before changing your dosage or stopping any medication. Your physician is the best person to help you with questions concerning your medical condition.
If you’ve suffered injuries because you have been taking a PPI for a year or more, you need to talk to a proton pump inhibitor lawyer as soon as possible. Call 1-877-392-4878 to talk with someone who can answer your questions and help you decide the next step. Or contact us for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your potential case. The pharmaceutical litigation lawyers at Carr & Carr Attorneys can help whether you live in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Northwest Arkansas – in fact, any where in Oklahoma or Arkansas. Additionally, Carr & Carr’s lawyers can assist you if you live outside of these two states. We have helped hundreds of families around the country with their personal injury law issues.