News of another study confirming the relationship between certain antacids and bone fractures surfaced in mid-2009.
The drugs, proton pump inhibitors and histamine-2 receptor antagonists, increased the risk of hip and thigh fractures, according to HealthDay News. The greatest risk was in people aged 50-59.
Brand names of these drugs include Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium, Pepcid, Tagamet and Zantac. Researchers have blamed proton pump inhibitors for decreasing the body’s ability to absorb calcium, HealthDay reports.
In this most recent study, people who had hip fractures were 30 percent more likely to be on proton pump inhibitors. Those taking histamine-2 receptor antagonists were at an 18 percent increased fracture risk.
According to the story, people on these drugs are also at an increased risk of contracting food-borne infections.
On a positive note, HealthDay reports that fracture risk decreases when the drugs are discontinued.
Instead of antacids and acid-reducing drugs, a good alternative might be digestive enzyme supplements combined with herbal ingredients such as aloe, DGL and marshmallow.