Are Acid Reflux Drugs Bad for Your Bones?

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Hi, I'm Dr. Right with important news about your bones. Proton Pump Inhibitors, PPIs, are common medications to treat acid reflux, but there's evident that PPIs weaken bones by interfering with calcium absorption. If you take a high dose of PPIs or have taken them for a long time, that can boost your bone fracture risk. So talk to your doctor about alternatives to treat your acid reflux.

Swapping your PPI for an H2 antagonist may help. There's evidence that H2 antagonists are not associated with fractures, and may even protect bones. Along with switching meds, try these tips to ease your reflux. Avoid trigger foods such as caffeine, chocolates, citrus fruits, tomato products, carbonated beverages, alcohol, mint, and full fat dairy foods.

Eat small meals, chew sugar free gum after meals, don't exercise right after eating, don't eat within three hours of going to bed, and sleep with your head raised. I'm Dr .Wright. For more tips to live better, watch all our Health Smarts videos.