Certain Medications Could Increase Risk of Pneumonia - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/26/04

Certain Medications Could Increase Risk of Pneumonia

If you're one to take lots of medicine for acid reflux, that's the reason for a new warning.

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds patients taking lots of pills for acid reflux are increasing their risk of pneumonia by 30%. Researchers believe that since these medications suppress acid...bacteria increases in the stomach...and that can be passed to other areas of the body, like the lungs.

The study admits that reflux medication like Zantac, Pepcid AC, Prevacid and Prilesec work well, but it says patients should be warned that the more acid you suppress the more at risk you are for pneumonia.

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