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Pneumonia Risks Rise With Nexium, Prevacid

According to a population-based study, those who take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium or Prevacid, and H2-receptor antagonists like the popular Pepcid and Zantac, may have an increased risk of developing pneumonia.

In a comparison of some 365,000 Dutch citizens and about 5,500 first-time cases of pneumonia, scientists estimated the risk of pneumonia was 89 percent higher for current users of PPIs and 63 percent higher for current users of H2-receptor antagonists, compared with past users of these agents.

But you don't need H2-receptor anatagonists or PPIs, if you do these things:

Learn more about the marketing power Big Pharma exerts to deceptively market unnecessary drugs like Nexium and Prilosec to an audience looking for quick answers by reading this popular story.

Journal of American Medical Association Vol. 292 No. 16 October 27, 2004

Yahoo News October 26, 2004

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