Stomach Acid Heartburn
Drugs Raise risk of Dangerous Diarrhea
researchers from McGill University people that take H2 Blockers like
Pepcid, Zantac and Tagamet have a greater risk of developing a
potentially dangerous diarrhea bug known as Clostridium Difficile
(C-diff). Users of proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec, Prevacid and
Nexium may have the same problem.
are commonly used to treat GERD (gastritis - acid reflux disease -
heartburn). They work by suppressing stomach acid production. The H2
blockers are available in over the counter strength, but my be
prescribed by a doctor also. The proton pump inhibitors are usually
prescribed by a doctor.
The incidence of
Clostridium difficile–associated disease (CDAD) has
increased recently. The symptoms have also become more severe. C-diff
usually occurs in hospitals and nursing homes. The spores enter through
the mouth and multiply in the gastrointestinal tract.
C-diff is usually
associated with antibiotic use. Antibiotics can kill the good bacteria
in your intestines that would normally keep the C-diff under control.
Sufferers usually complain about cramping. This can develop into an
intestinal inflammation known as colitis.
found that prescribed use of a gastric acid–suppressive
agent was significantly associated with risk of community-acquired CDAD.
According to the researchers “Proton pump inhibitors were associated
with a higher risk than H2-receptor antagonists” (blockers).
researcher was Sandra Dial, MD, MSc,. The study will appear in the
December 31st issue of the Journal of the American Medical
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