1. This’ll give you heart burn

Over 15 million Americans that regularly use Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix, and Aciphex for quick relief of heart burn and acid reflux, may have a bigger issue on their hands. CNN reports the results of a new study shows that users of these medications, known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), are at a huge increased risk of kidney failure. By huge, we mean a 96% increased risk in developing kidney failure and a 28% increased risk of chronic kidney disease over those who use the alternative histamine H2 receptor blocker medications. With research backing the idea that PPIs are overprescribed and overused, and a study suggestion that use should be cut back, we could see a higher demand for the H2 blocker alternatives.

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