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1. Bone fractures
If you’re taking a proton pump inhibitor antacid like lansoprazole (Prevacid), esomeprazole (Nexium), omeprazole (Prilosec) or others, you are at substantially greater risk of suffering a fracture.
In fact, scientific studies have shown that these types of medications are linked to an increased fracture risk ranging from 30 percent up to a whopping 200 percent!
The studies were so conclusive and the risk so high that the FDA issued a warning to all patients taking the drugs.
So, what’s the link between acid reflux drugs and fracture?
It likely has to do with the way in which they decrease the production of stomach acid since less stomach acid means less nutrient absorption. When your nutrients are depleted, your trabecular bone density goes down and your fracture risk goes up.