The FDA has warned that taking certain drugs to treat symptoms of heartburn, acid reflux or ulcers may increase the risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures. The drugs belong to a class of medications called proton pump inhibitors, (PPIs), which work by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach. The prescriptions PPIs are Nexium, Dexilant, Prilosec, Zegerid, Prevacid, Protonix, Aciphex and Vimovo. The over-the-counter PPIs are Prilosec OTC, Zegerid, and Prevacid 24HR. The FDA found several epidemiological studies, that consumers who received high doses of PPIs or used them for one or more were at greater risk for wrist, hip and spine fractures. Consumers are advised by the FDA not to stop taking PPIs unless told to do so by their health care professional. The FDA also says consumer should also be aware that OTC PPIs should only be used as directed for 14 days for the treatment of frequent heartburn.
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