A new study by German researchers found that a popular class of heartburn medications might raise a senior´s risk of dementia.
People 75 or older who regularly take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec, have a 44 percent increased risk of dementia. PPIs have recently also been linked to kidney disease, heart disease and deficiencies of B12 and other vitamins.
"The teaching for many years was that these drugs were quite safe. But there is data that´s emerging that suggests PPIs may not be as safe as we think they are," gastroenterologist John Clarke says.