Heartburn Drugs May Raise Pneumonia Risk

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Popular heartburn drugs, including proton pump inhibitors and histamine-2 receptor antagonists, may raise the risk of pneumonia, new research finds.

Researchers in Korea analyzed the results of 31 studies on heartburn drugs published between 1985 and 2009.

“Our results suggest that the use of acid suppressive drugs is associated with an increased risk of pneumonia,” said Dr. Sang Min Park of the department of family medicine at Seoul National University Hospital in Korea.

“Patients should be cautious at overuse of acid-suppressive drugs, both high-dose and long duration,” he added.

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The U.S. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse has more on GERD.

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