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Studies find more reasons to be cautious of popular heartburn drugs

from By Cait Harrison

From March 1: It hasn't been a good year so far for the popular heartburn drugs known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs. Available both by prescription and over the counter — and sold under various brand names including Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium — PPIs work to treat acid reflux by lowering the amount of acid produced in the stomach. However, two recent studies have linked them to potentially dangerous side effects, including chronic kidney disease and dementia. more

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