Proton pump inhibitors: bacterial pneumonia

To cut down natural acid in the stomach and not creating major side effects was somehwat shortsighted anyway. Patients often get prazoles without good reason.

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Prescrire Int. 2012 Sep;21(130):210-2.

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After two decades of widespread use, proton pump inhibitors are considered to have a very well-documented and acceptable adverse effect profile in the short-term. Yet adverse effects continue to emerge. In particular, epidemiological studies conducted over the past 10-12 years showed an increased incidence of fractures. New data now point to an increased risk of bacterial pneumonia. A Korean meta-analysis published in 2011 showed a statistically significant increase in the risk of bacterial pneumonia in patients taking proton pump inhibitors, with an odds ratio of 1.27 (95% confidence interval (95% CI): 1.11 to 1.46). The increase in community-acquired pneumonia was also statistically significant, with an odds ratio of 1.34 (95% CI: 1.14 to 1.57). This is consistent with the results of a meta-analysis published in 2010, which gave an odds ratio of 1.36 (95% CI: 1.12 to 1.65). The increase in…

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