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The Dangers of Antacids

December 23, 2014
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Researchers are aware that “the use of acid suppression has been associated with an increased risk of upper and lower respiratory tract infections in the outpatient setting.” This inspired a study to better understand how acid suppression drugs negatively impact the lungs.

Their study found that “forty-six percent of patients taking acid-suppression medication had gastric bacterial growth compared with 18% of untreated patients.” This “bacterial growth” included “Staphylococcus” (staph infection), “Streptococcus” (strept infection) and other unfriendly bacteria.

They concluded that “Acid-suppression use results in gastric bacterial overgrowth of genera (multiple classifications) including Staphylococcus and Streptococcus. Full-column nonacid reflux is associated with greater concentrations of bacteria in the lung.”

Every drug, even over-the-counter, seemingly harmless antacids, have negative side effects. These could obviously be very serious, especially for elderly and those with respiratory issues.

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