In patients with dementia, use of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) heartburn medications like Nexium (esomeprazole) and Prilosec (omeprazole) may increase the risk of pneumonia, a new study has found.
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What’s the Problem?
April 5, 2017 – A research team led by Sai-Wai Ho, M.D., from the Chung Shan Medical University in Taichung, China, conducted a retrospective cohort study of 1572 dementia patients, half of whom were new PPI users and the other half had never taken the medications.
The researchers found that patients who used proton pump inhibitors had higher incidence of pneumonia (adjusted hazard ratio, 1.89). Independent risk factors for pneumonia included age, male gender, underlying cerebrovascular disease, chronic pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus, and antipsychotic use. Pneumonia risk was decreased with usage of cholinesterase inhibitors and histamine receptor-2 antagonists.
“PPI usage in dementia patients is associated with an 89 percent increased risk of pneumonia,” the researchers concluded.
The study was published on March 21, 2017, in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS).
In addition to being linked to pneumonia, proton pump inhibitors have been linked to a wide range of serious side effects including kidney disease, acute interstitial nephritis (AIN), stomach infections, heart failure and death.
The class of proton pump inhibitors include:
- Nexium (esomeprazole)
- Aciphex (rabeprazole)
- Protonix (pantoprazole)
- Prevacid (lansoprazole)
- Zegerid (omeprazole / sodium bicarbonate)
- Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)
- Prilosec (omeprazole)
Do I Have a Proton Pump Inhibitor Class Action Lawsuit?
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