A study recently released in a neurology journal announced that a group of drugs that is used to treat heartburn, including Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid, could be linked to an increased risk of dementia in patients over the age of 75. Those who took the drugs had their risk of dementia increase by 44 percent.
The researchers who conducted the study were unable to find a cause-and-effect link, only an association. The researchers compared those regularly taking the drugs against a control group. The researchers say that to successfully evaluate the cause-and-effect relationships between the drugs and cognition, long-term clinical trials are needed.
Until additional research is complete, experts say that doctors should carefully follow guidelines for the use of heartburn drugs, to avoid their over-prescription and inappropriate use. Although these heartburn drugs have been very successful for patients, if they are overused they can cause serious health problems. Some experts have linked an over-usage of those heartburn medications to a 20 to 50 percent higher risk of kidney disease.
If you are currently taking Prilosec, Nexium or Prevacid, you should consult your doctor about the risks of developing dementia while taking the drug. If you believe that you or a loved one has developed dementia as a direct result of using one of those medications, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also learn more about our firm on our Facebook page.