In a recent study conducted by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System, taking popular heartburn drugs for prolonged periods has been linked to serious kidney problems, including kidney failure.
These drugs used to treat heartburn have been directly linked to gradual and silent kidney damage. According to the researchers, people who experience kidney damage due to their prolonged use of these drugs did not experience any kidney problems beforehand.
The results of the research show that kidney problems can develop silently and gradually over a period of time. This would lead to a gradual decline in the functioning of the kidney, resulting to an eventual kidney damage or kidney failure.
Heartburn is a painful burning feeling in the chest and is a symptom of acid reflux. It happens when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. The burning is usually in the upper and central part of the chest. Heart burn is usually experienced when certain foods or drinks are taken.
Millions of people suffer from heartburn yearly and these common heartburn drugs are often used to relieve symptoms. The findings of this study necessitates that more caution be taken with the use of these drugs. These drugs carry significant risks and therefore greater precautions should be taken when using them.