FDA says heartburn meds may lead to fracture risk
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on May 27, 2010 in Dangerous Drugs
The Food and Drug Administration warned yesterday that some heartburn medications could increase the risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures in high doses or with long-term use.
The FDA’s decision came after it’s review of several studies that reported an increased risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures after using proton pump inhibitors in high dosages or with long-term use. Proton pump inhibitors are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach and small intestine ulcers and inflammation of the esophagus, along with frequent heartburn.
The medications include:
- Esomeprazole – sold as Nexium
- Dexlansoprazole – sold as Dexilant
- Lansoprazole – sold as Prevacid
- Omeprazole – sold as Prilosec or Zegerid
- Pantoprazole – sold as Protonix
- Rabeprazole – sold as Aciphex
Over the counter medications include:
- Omeprazole – sold as Prilosec OTC and Zegerid OTC
- Lansoprazole – sold as Prevacid 24 Hour
The FDA says that the product labeling will be altered, alerting consumers of the possible increased risk.
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