PPI medications are among the most commonly prescribed in the world, and have virtually banished ulcer disease to the dustbin of history. Prilosec and Nexium are the ones you know best, but there are many other brands.
Recently, I have defended PPI medication long-term use against a barrage of negative press suggesting a whole host of side-effects that would descend on those who chose to continue on these medications for long-term acid suppression.
Fortunately, there are some studies being done to investigate this issue further and a recent well-done trial from Finland shows the safety of PPI medications and the lack of connection between PPI’s and dementia.
This is not the last word on the topic, but we shall take a more level-headed approach to the issue and try to maintain a semblance of balance and calm in the face of ‘sexy’ topics and criticisms.