Defending Victims of the Fatal Acid-Suppressing Medicines
Nexium & Prilosec are drugs otherwise known as "proton pump inhibitors." Such inhibitors are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux diseases by reducing the amount of acid in a person’s stomach. Such medicine may also be prescribed in attempt to heal acid-related damage to the lining of the esophagus, to reduce stomach ulcers and to treat stomach infections.
Approximately 15 million Americans use proton pump inhibitors. However, as many as 25% of long-term users could stop taking the medication without suffering increased heartburn or acid reflux, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The product’s website clearly notes that the drug is “…clinically used to treat acid-related symptoms, but you could still have serious stomach problems.” The following are additional health risks associated with the consumption of Nexium:
German researchers performed a study which showed how Nexium can increase one's risk of developing dementia. The correlation appears to be substantial. People over the age of 75 who take the drug develop dementia 44% more often in comparison to those that don't.
Around 10,000 individuals were involved in the study. It appears that the odds of the drug causing dementia is higher in men than women. People who use these medications occasionally appear to have a much lower risk than individuals who use them much more regularly.
In addition, long term use of this category of drugs places an individual at an increased risk of a vitamin B-12 deficiency. People with low levels of vitamin B-12 have an increased risk of developing from dementia.
A deficiency of vitamin b-12 is known to exacerbate the symptoms of people who are already suffering from dementia. Vitamin B-12 deficiencies can cause the brain of Alzheimer's Disease patients to shrink much more rapidly.
It appears that some of the drug may reach the brain directly by crossing the blood brain barrier. The blood brain barrier becomes more porous as individuals age, and this could result in larger amounts of the drug reaching the brains older people than younger individuals taking the drug.
If you or someone you love has been taking Nexium, and has endured any of the above-mentioned symptoms (or more), contact our firm immediately.
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