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Are These Common Meds Shutting Down Your Kidneys?

Are These Common Meds Shutting Down Your Kidneys?
March 07
12:28 2017

(HSI) – This may be the most frightening warning yet about acid-suppressing drugs.

Even if you know the side-effect drill for proton pump inhibitors like the back of your hand, you still definitely need to hear the results of this new study.

Because what researchers at Washington University School of Medicine are saying is that commonplace OTC drugs like Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid are so dangerous that, after taking them for a prolonged period of time, you could actually wake up one morning to find out that your kidneys have shut down.

You might need to go on dialysis — or even be put on the waiting list for a transplant — without realizing how much trouble you’re in until it’s too late.

Trading acid for your kidneys

Every time I walk through a store and see the shelves packed with these drugs, I still can’t believe it.

And as if their wide distribution weren’t enough, drugmakers are running TV commercials for them constantly. You know, like Larry the Cable Guy endorsing Prilosec by waving around a chicken leg and saying, “You can’t beat zero heartburn.”

Well, Larry, here’s something else you can’t beat: kidney failure.

The Washington University team of researchers discovered this covert threat to the kidneys when analyzing data for more than 125,000 PPI users over the course of five years.

The study’s lead author said that PPI drugs can harm the kidneys “silently and gradually over time” and lead straight to “long-term kidney damage or even renal failure.”

The researchers discovered that more than half of the PPI users who developed chronic kidney damage and “end-stage” kidney disease didn’t experience any warning signs of kidney problems that might have tipped them off that something was going on.

Imagine: One day you’re fine, and the next you’re looking for the closest dialysis center. Larry the Cable Guy conveniently doesn’t mention any of that, does he?

As an eAlert reader, you know that we’ve been telling you about the risks involved in taking these kinds of drugs for years, which include:

  • bone fractures, especially in the hips, wrists and spine,
  • heart attack or stroke, and
  • lowered immune function, something that can leave you wide open for infections, especially C. diff, which has been referred to as “deadly diarrhea” by the CDC.

Now, this isn’t even the first time that kidney disease has been linked to these meds. Other research from Johns Hopkins discovered that PPI users were up to 50 percent more likely to develop chronic kidney disease than those who didn’t take the drugs.

But the real mystery here is how these meds somehow managed to escape from behind the pharmacy counter, where they used to be available only by prescription, to the seemingly “safe” shelves right alongside baby wipes and toothpaste.

It’s unbelievable!

I know that heartburn and acid reflux can make your life miserable. But if you’re someone whose feet don’t hit the floor in the morning until you’ve popped one of these drugs, it’s time to take a big step back and find other ways to get acid under control without killing yourself in the process.

For example:

#1: Cut down on acidic beverages such as soda, coffee and even some fruit juices.

#2: Take probiotics, either as a supplement or with high-quality probiotic foods such as yogurt and kefir.

#3: Don’t eat too close to bedtime, and when you do go to bed, raise your head up slightly instead of lying flat.

#4: Sip on a glass of water containing a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.

And last, but certainly not least, never stop one of these acid-suppressing drugs cold turkey. That can cause your body to produce more acid than you’ve ever had before.

“Popular heartburn drugs linked to gradual yet ‘silent’ kidney damage” Kristina Sauerwein, February 22, 2017, Washington University School of Medicine,

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