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Risk of Cancer from Heartburn Pills

by Savitha C Muppala on July 25, 2012 at 11:21 PM
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 Risk of Cancer from Heartburn Pills

The group of medicines which can alleviate heartburn quickly and is the most widely prescribed class of drugs in Britain can actually increase the risk of cancer, reveals a recent study.

Researchers said that the class of drugs commonly prescribed for heart burn known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), can increase the risk of cancer, heart disease and infections.

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Even though the drugs controlled symptoms of acid reflux, they actually increased the risk of cancer rather then reducing it.

Peter Weissberg, medical director of the British Heart Foundation, said: "Doctors need to be sure they are really necessary."



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