Recent studies have associated popular over the counter antacids that are used for heart burn, with a twenty percent higher risk of heart attack. The study was conducted on with large scale data of nearly three million health records by scientists at Stanford University. This study examined antacid drugs like Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid. These drugs are known as proton-pump inhibitors, or PPI’s, which are the among the worlds most widely prescribed antacid drug.
1 in 14 Americans use PPI’s to treat heartburn, acid reflux, or gastroesphageal reflux disease. These drugs are said to be safe, unless they are taken with blood thinner Plavix.
Studies have shown a possible link between antacids and the increase risk of heart attack, but have yet to prove the association. Experts believe the problem may involve how the drugs affect the lining of the blood vessels.
Other antacids, such as H2 blockers, determined no association to a higher risk of heart attack. These drugs include Zantac and Tagamet.
While these studies reveal the possibility of concerning side effects, researchers urge patients to talk with their doctor before discontinuing any prescription.