Heartburn medication side effects: Should you worry?

Published: February, 2013

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are safe for most people, but also have potential risks you should know about.

Have you heard in the news about infections and other dangerous side effects from heartburn medications? Should you stop taking yours? If you take a drug to ease heartburn, you may have already discussed these concerns with your doctor. There are several kinds of heartburn medications, but the type under fire are the proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs). Six of these are available in the United States (see table, right).

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