Proton Pump Inhibitors, on a positive note, may allow people to reduce the risk of more serious medical conditions when acid in the stomach creates symptoms that may be more subtle than the consequence of being left untreated. People with erosive esophagitis, GERD, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug-induced ulcers, gastro esophageal reflux disease and small intestine ulcers may find relief using Proton Pump Inhibitors. Yet, the risk also has to weigh against the advantages when it comes to the use of drugs. Some people who have used Proton Pump Inhibitors for up to a year have developed osteoporosis and bone fractures. In fact, recent study demonstrates that long term use is associated with an increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.
Physicians who prescribe Proton Pump Inhibitors closely monitor patients when they are prescribed a Proton Pump Inhibitor. Accordingly, physicians request that patients check in to let the physician know if the medication is working. Physicians may also request the patient return of the office for follow up evaluation after being on the medication for a week or so. Physicians may also prescribe other diagnostic tests to identify any other possible treatment plans that may be an adjunct to treatment or an alternative to treatment. Studies seem to indicate the risk is reduced when the medication is not used for more than 14 days, three times a year.
In essence, it’s wise to be certain you are aware of medication risks. It may also be important for you to know that medications that are less safe and less effective than alternatives are not meant to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
If you, your family or a friend need to protect their legal rights, contact PADOVE LAW, toll free at (877) 446 5294 for a free consultation.