Study finds potential link between PPIs and dementia

August 18th, 2016

A new study has found a potential link between the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and developing new dementia. The study followed more than 73,000 elderly patients who had no signs of dementia for 7 years, cataloguing any developments.

Patients who regularly used proton pump inhibitors were 44% more likely to suffer from incident dementia compared to patients who did not use PPIs. Patients who only occasionally used PPIs were at a 16% increased risk of dementia.

Used to reduce conditions such as acid reflux, PPIs such as Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium are among the most used drugs in America. However, many patients have begun reporting serious PPI side effects associated with the drugs, including heart attacks and bone density loss.

PPIs have also been directly associated with an increased risk of kidney disease and other kidney injuries. Patients who have used PPIs and suffered kidney injuries have begun filing PPI lawsuits alleging that the drug manufacturers failed to warn doctors and patients about the increased risks of serious side effects from PPIs.

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