Can a heartburn drug cause cognitive problems?
A new study has shed light on one of the long-term effects of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These drugs are commonly used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn, and peptic ulcers. PPIs (omeprazole, lansoprazole, esomeprazole, pantoprazole, and others) help reduce the amount of stomach acid made by glands in the lining of the stomach. Research published online on February 15 in JAMA Neurology showed that there may be an association between chronic use of PPIs and an increased risk of dementia. Experts compared prescription PPI intake and diagnosis of dementia among approximately 74,000 adults ages 75 a...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - March 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Solan Tags: Brain and cognitive health Digestive Disorders Drugs and Supplements Healthy Aging Memory Mental Health heartburn PPIs proton pump inhibitors Source Type: news

Overuse of PPIs in the Hospitalized PatientOveruse of PPIs in the Hospitalized Patient
This article presents recommendations for their appropriate use. U.S. Pharmacist (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacist Journal Article Source Type: news

Medications May Cause Dementia, But It Could Be Untreated Sleep Apnea
By Brandon R. Peters, M.D. The news was enough to give you indigestion: Some of the over-the-counter and prescription medications most widely used to treat heartburn and acid reflux are linked to the development of dementia. The research suggesting a possible association is the latest in a string of implicated drugs over the past few years, including medications taken to treat anxiety, seizures, insomnia, and allergies. What is going on? Before emptying out the medicine cabinet, take a moment to consider the role of untreated obstructive sleep apnea. Scientific research can be difficulty to contextualize, especially when...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Balancing Proton Pump Inhibitor Risks and Benefits
Patients with questions about long-term proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use are being told to consult a physician, following a study that suggests the heartburn drugs may be associated with an increased risk of dementia. “We appreciate and respect the data in the study, but believe more research is needed to understand the impact of PPIs [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - February 18, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Gastric Reflux Drugs May Be Tied To Dementia Risk
Reuters Health - Repeated use of a certain class of drugs for gastric reflux or peptic ulcers was linked with a higher risk for dementia among patients in Germany, researchers say. The drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), include lansoprazole (Prevacid), esomeprazole (Nexium), and omeprazole (Prilosec), all manufactured by AstraZeneca. The current study can only provide a statistical association between PPI prescriptions and occurrence of dementia in the elderly. It can’t prove that PPIs actually cause dementia, said senior author Britta Haenisch of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn, ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 16, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Proton Pump Inhibitor Use Linked To Increased Risk Of Dementia
Based on a new observational study published JAMA Neurology, older adults who use proton pump inhibitors may be at increased risk for developing dementia . (Source: Healthcare News)
Source: Healthcare News - February 16, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD Source Type: news

Link between indigestion drugs and dementia 'inconclusive'
Conclusion This study found people taking PPIs had a 44% higher risk of developing dementia in a seven-year period compared with those not taking the drugs. However, it's not accurate to say this was down to the PPIs – the study couldn't prove this, and there are many possible explanations. For a start, the groups weren't very similar. Those taking PPIs had poorer health, and were more likely to be taking a number of medicines and have conditions linked to a higher risk of dementia, such as diabetes and heart disease. After taking these factors into account in the analysis, the link between PPIs and dementia reduc...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Neurology Older people Source Type: news

Indigestion pills taken by millions 'could raise the risk of dementia' 
A major study poublished in the journal JAMA Neurology showed elderly people who take proton pump inhibitor drugs, or PPIs, are 44 per cent more likely to suffer than those who don't take them. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PPIs May Hike Dementia Risk in Elderly (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- German claims data show association; stronger in men than women (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - February 15, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Widely Used Heartburn Drugs Linked to Dementia Risk in Study
MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 -- A popular class of heartburn medications might raise a senior's risk of dementia, a new study suggests. Called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), this group of drugs includes Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid. They work by lowering... (Source: - Daily MedNews)
Source: - Daily MedNews - February 15, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

My Favorite Natural Heartburn Remedies
Every time I come back to Africa, I’m reminded just how natural the health care is here. I recently watched one local herbalist cure a patient of chronic heartburn with a tea made from a popular root (more about that soon). Heartburn is a common disorder of the stomach caused by the overproduction of stomach acid. In America, mainstream medicine is likely throwing Big Pharma’s “treatments” at you — like proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), which block the production of stomach acid. You might know these better as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid. But these PPIs have some pretty BIG downsides you’re unlikely to hear abo...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - February 4, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Natural Cures heartburn Remedies stomach acid Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Heartburn Treatment Options
Millions of Americans take acid-blocking drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to control heartburn, but are they becoming overused? In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Jeff Olsen speaks with Dr. Ken DeVault, president of the American College of Gastroenterology, about the benefits, risks and options for people who use PPIs. Watch the Mayo Clinic Minute Journalists: Broadcast quality video is available [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - February 1, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

The New Old Age: Study Finds Growing Reason to Be Wary of Some Reflux Drugs
Proton pump inhibitor medications are among the most frequently prescribed in the country, but were not intended for long-term use. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PAULA SPAN Tags: Elderly Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Advertising and Marketing JAMA Internal Medicine (Journal) Heartburn Morgan Grams Source Type: news

Heartburn Medicines Associated with Chronic Kidney Disease Risk
A type of heartburn medication called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be linked to long-term kidney damage, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. “This is an important study because millions of Americans are on proton pump inhibitors and have been for many years,” says Kenneth DeVault, M.D., a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - January 13, 2016 Category: Research Source Type: news

How Safe Are Heartburn Medications?
This news may give you some heartburn. A study found that a commonly used type of heartburn medication (proton pump inhibitors or PPIs) may be associated with chronic kidney disease. Any concern about PPI safety raises the question of whether more effort should be made to tackle some root causes of heartburn such as obesity and stress. (Source: Healthcare News)
Source: Healthcare News - January 12, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee Source Type: news