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Heartburn Pills Linked to Kidney Disease

Heartburn Pills

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  • Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have been linked to an increased risk of chronic kidney disease
  • PPIs have previously been linked to a kidney disorder called acute interstitial nephritis
  • These heartburn drugs may also increase your risk of fractures, serious infections, heart attack and nutrient deficiencies

By Dr. Mercola

Heartburn drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are among the most commonly used drugs in the world. About 15 million Americans use PPIs, either in prescription or over-the-counter form. Brand names include Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium.

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