Dr Oz: OTC Heartburn Medication Esophageal Cancer Risk & Side Effects

Dr Oz: Heartburn Medication Side Effects

Heartburn drugs, known as proton pump inhibitor drugs, are extremely popular in the U.S. However, these drugs come with serious side effects and dangerous risks you may not know about. Americans spend $14 billion on heartburn medication each year, but are PPI drugs actually safe?

Heartburn occurs when stomach acid flows back up into the esophagus. PPI drugs help suppress stomach acid, but can also lead to other conditions like pneumonia, bone fractures and rebound acid. Because PPI drugs eliminate all stomach acid, they allow bacteria to grow and reduce the body’s ability to build calcium and magnesium.

Dr Oz: Heartburn Medication Esophageal Cancer Risk

Dr Oz explained why OTC heartburn medication may increase the risk of esophageal cancer.

Dr Oz explained why OTC heartburn medication may increase the risk of esophageal cancer.

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