Heartburn Drugs May Increase Risk of Hip Fractures

There is evidence that some heartburn drugs could raise the risk for hip fractures in older people.

The new study looked at a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors.

We know them more commonly by the brand names Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium.

Researchers looked at medical records of more than 145,000 patients in England, and found people over 50 who took those types of drugs for more than a year had a 44 percent increased risk of breaking a hip.

Experts think the drugs make it difficult for the body to absorb calcium, which can lead to fractures.

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