December 14, 2013

Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid

1 Antacids Linked to Vitamin B-12 Deficiency

A Kaiser Permanente study of 210,000 patients has found that those taking antacid drugs such as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid for more than two years run a 65 percent greater risk of developing a vitamin B-12 deficiency than those who take the drugs briefly or not at all. The drugs are recommended for only eight weeks or less, but many patients who suffer from acid reflux or gastric ulcers take them for years to control symptoms. B-12 deficiency can lead to anemia, nerve damage, dementia and other serious problems, but researchers caution that rather than avoiding the drugs, patients simply have themselves tested for the deficiency and treat it with vitamin supplements if necessary. The highly popular antacids presently account for over 100 million prescriptions per year.

More at Sfgate.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: High Vitamin B12 Intake May Lower Dementia Risk

Tags: Causes of Vitamin B-12 Deficiency, Antacids and Vitamin B-12, Side Effects of Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, Kaiser Permanente and Vitamin B-12

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