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Concerns Over Health Risks from Proton Pump Inhibitors Persist

By: Anapol Weiss

Labor Day weekend is right around the corner. For some people that means cookouts, barbeques, spicy dips, and cocktails. And for sufferers of acid reflux, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), that’s a holiday menu that’s sure to end with plenty of discomfort.

That’s why so many with GERD have turned to proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) that treat acid reflux by reducing the production of stomach acid. Brand name PPIs include Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix.

The problem is, at the beginning of the year studies showed PPI use to be associated with a greater risk for chronic kidney disease.

At Anapol Weiss, the Unsafe Drugs team led by Tracy Finken has been working on educating consumers about the dangers of long term PPI use and are making sure patients harmed by the use of PPIs have their stories heard.

If you’ve been using PPIs long term and want to know more about the risks and your rights as a patient, contact Tracy Finken with any questions.