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The Dangers of Antacids

December 23, 2014

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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