Do reflux meds really increase fracture risk?
There is no evidence linking common acid suppressive medications to an increased risk of osteoporosis, a study finds.
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have been associated with potentially serious side effects including hip fractures but the latest research suggests the drugs, which are commonly used to control gastro-oesophageal reflux symptoms, do not pose a risk for bone health.
The study included 521 patients with Barrett’s oeosphagus.
Independent risk factors for osteoporotic fractures included older age, female gender and greater co-morbidities.