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Could Your Acid Reflux Medicine Be Making You Sick?

Studies are now finding that a drug defect means people who use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) as a medicine for acid issues are more likely to catch infectious gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu. Popular PPIs include drugs like Prilosec and Nexium. These are some of the most common medications in the world. Roughly 20 million Americans take a PPI in the U.S. every year. Why PPIs Might Be Making You Sick These medications work by reducing the amount of stomach acid in your body, which can help fight some of the symptoms of ailments like heartburn. The issue is that cutting down the amount of stomach acid can also cause medical issues. Stomach acidity is one of the ways that your body protects you against bacteria that you swallow with your food. When a drug reduces acidity it also makes it more likely that bacteria can colonize in…
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