FDA Warns Ulcer Drugs Can Cause Osteoporosis

The FDA has mandated that proton pump inhibitor heartburn medications must carry a label warning of increased fracture risk.  This group of drugs include Prevacid, Prilosec, and Nexium.

The FDA suggests those taking these drugs should consult with their doctors, and those using such drugs over-the-counter limit their use to no more than three 14-day periods a year.

According to the FDA website:

“... [The decision is] based on the Agency’s review of several epidemiological studies that reported an increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist and spine in patients using proton pump inhibitors.”

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