Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are among the most commonly prescribed medications in the world today. This class of heartburn / acidity medicines includes Pantoprazole, Omeprazole, esomeprazole, rabeprazole, lansoprazole etc. Common indian brand names like pan/pan-D/rabilet/helirab/omez/ganaton contain these salts.
Many research studies have established that these medications are linked to increased risk of kidney diseases.
A recent study found patients who took antacid medications of the class PPIs were 28.4 times more likely to report chronic kidney disease, as well as acute kidney injury (4.2 times more likely), end-stage renal disease [permanent kidney failure] (35.5 times more likely) and unspecified kidney impairment (8 times more likely). Patients who took PPIs were also more likely to experience electrolyte abnormalities (for eg low magnesium – hypomagnesemia).
So see a doctor if you have severe heartburn and need PPIs on a regular basis. Rantac/Zintac/Aciloc (Ranitidine) is safer for the kidneys!
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