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Heartburn drugs increase risk of hip fractures.

Byline: ANI

Washington, June 6 (ANI): Even short-term use of popular acid-reducing heartburn heartburn, burning sensation beneath the breastbone, also called pyrosis. Heartburn does not indicate heart malfunction but results from nervous tension or overindulgence in food or drink.  drugs could increase the risk of hip fractures hip fracture Orthopedic surgery A femoral fracture which affects 1/6 white ♀–US during life Epidemiology 250,000/yr–US Specifics Proximal femur; 90+% femoral neck, intertrochanteric; 5-10% are subtrochanteric Risk factors Tall, thin ♀, , a new study has found.

The study, presented at this year's Digestive Disease All diseases that pertain to the gastrointestinal tract are labelled as digestive diseases. This includes diseases of the esophagus, stomach, first, second and third part of the duodenum, jejunum, ileum, the ileo-cecal complex, large intestine (ascending, transverse and descending  Week 2009, suggests that older patients should avoid using proton pump inhibitors Proton Pump Inhibitors Definition

The proton pump inhibitors are a group of drugs that reduce the secretion of gastric (stomach) acid. They act by binding with the enzyme H+, K(+)-ATPase, hydrogen/potassium adenosine triphosphatase
 drugs to spare their bones from fractures.

Proton pump inhibitors include Prevacid and histamine-2 receptor antagonists, or H2RAs, such as Zantac and Tagamet.

Others include popular brands such as Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, and Aciphex.

"The increased risk with short-term use of acid-suppressing drugs suggests that even relatively brief periods of use may be associated with increased risk of hip fractures," said study's lead author Dr. Douglas Corley.

For the study, Corley and colleagues analyzed data on nearly 40,000 patients taking acid-reducing drugs, and compared them to more than 130,000 patients not taking the drugs.

They found that people aged fifty to fifty-nine who had been on proton pump inhibitors for more than two years had the biggest increase in fracture risk with taking the drugs. (ANI)

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