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Research from Seoul National University Hospital in South Korea found that one out of every 200 patients taking acid reflux medications may develop pneumonia.
The researchers conducted a review of studies published between 1985 and 2009 and found a link between proton pump inhibitors and histamine 2 blockers and the risk of pneumonia. H2 blockers include the Ranitidine we talked about with C. Diff as well as Axid, Pepcid, Tagamet and Zantac.
The study also revealed that the risk of pneumonia related to acid reflux meds is dose-dependent. In other words, the higher the amount you take, the higher your risk of ending up sick.