Your best prescription: Avoid these meds

A prescription and over-the-counter drug used to control stomach acid made it on a list of medications doctors said they were most likely to avoid.

In a 2008 story on the potential dangers of prescription drugs, MSNBC asked doctors which drugs they wouldn’t recommend. That list included Prilosec and Nexium.

Among the potential problems were the following:

  • A possible link to heart troubles
  • An increased risk of pneumonia
  • A greater likelihood of fracture due to inadequate calcium absorption

Other reports reveal Nexium could lead to intestinal infection. With long-term use, acid-suppressing medications have even been associated with stomach cancer.

What’s more, a story from WebMD Medical News said prescription acid blockers taken during pregnancy increase the likelihood by 51 percent that a child will suffer from asthma symptoms.

Other drugs doctors said they would avoid, according to the MSNBC story, included Advair, for asthma; Avandia, for diabetes; Celebrex, for pain relief; and pseudoephedrine, for congestion.

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