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Prescription Antacids May Increase Stomach Infections
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28 Nov 2019 12:25 AM EST

A new study found that taking stomach acid-reducing drugs known as proton pump inhibitors may not be good for your health. The drugs nearly doubled people's risk of developing an intestinal viral infection. According to UPI. the biggest risk is for those in the age range of 45 years and older. Researchers found an increased risk of developing acute gastroenteritis in those taking the medication long term. The overall risk for infection remains small, with only 1.3 percent of those using prescription developing the condition. Risk for infection was generally higher for those between 45 and 64 years of age, as well as for those 65 years of age and older. People in these age groups taking antacids continuously were more than twice as likely to develop an infection.