When the FDA warns the public about ANY prescription drug, all we can say is, “DO MORE!” They report that heartburn medications could increase the risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures in high doses or with long-term use.
Such so-called proton pump inhibitors are used for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach and small intestine ulcers and inflammation of the esophagus, along with frequent heartburn. They include Esomeprazole, sold under the brand name Nexium; Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant); Lansoprazole (Prevacid); Omeprazole (Prilosec, Zegerid); Pantoprazole (Protonix) and Rabeprazole (Aciphex).
Over-the-counter versions include Omeprazole (Prilosec OTC, Zegerid OTC) and Lansoprazole (Prevacid 24HR).
Also, because these products are used by a great number of people, it’s important for the public to be aware of this possible increased risk and, when prescribing proton pump inhibitors, health care professionals should consider whether a lower dose or shorter duration of therapy would adequately treat the patient’s condition.