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Study: Heartburn meds could shorten life span

Study: Heartburn meds could shorten life span

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MONDAY, July 3, 2017 -- Popular heartburn medications like Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid may increase your risk of early death when taken for extended periods, a new study suggests.Further, the longer you take these drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), the greater your risk of early death, said senior researcher Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly. He is a kidney specialist and assistant professor of medicine with the Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis."There was a relationship between duration of use and risk of death," Al-Aly said. "More prolonged use was associated with even higher risk."That said, Al-Aly pointed out that some patients really do need to take PPIs to deal with medical issues, even long-term."Proton pump inhibitors actually save lives," Al-Aly said. "We don't wa...