ppi heartburn may raise gut infection

A study linked heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors — such as Nexium (esomeprazole) and Prilosec (omeprazole) — to increased risk of potentially serious stomach infections.

The study published on Jan. 5 in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology followed about 565,000 adults in Tayside, Scotland. Dr. Thomas M. MacDonald and colleagues split patients into two groups: Those who used proton pump inhibitors and H2 receptor agonists — another kind of acid blocker — and a control group.

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