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New Study Shows That Little Purple Heartburn Pill May Be Causing Dementia

Nobody likes to get heartburn, and with OTC medications like Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec, it’s getting more and more manageable. Even when it’s caused by something like acid reflux and not just bad pizza.

It’s terrifying to think about but that miracle heartburn pill just might cause dementia.

Researchers published a study in the Journal Of The American Medical Association this month, showing that patients 75 and older who took these heartburn pills, were 44% more likely to develop dementia. That’s an alarming rise in cases and is being looked into further.

These medications are called Proton Pump Inhibitors, or PPI. They work by reversing the flow of certain enzymes that are used in the digestion process.  By doing this, they can reduce the amount of stomach acid being secreted, and therefore kill your heartburn temporarily. This lower flow of acid can also allow the stomach to heal from previous burns.

Researchers are not entirely sure why or how these drugs are causing dementia, but say that there is an association.

PPIs like Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid are some of the most widely used gastrointestinal medications on the market.  It’s hard to say just how many people are affected by this association with dementia, but it’s frightening to even think about.

If you believe a loved one has developed dementia from taking a PPI, it’s important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Use our form below to schedule your free consultation with one of our lawyers, and learn about your rights now. 

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