Its Risky to Pop HeartBurn Drugs and Acidity Reducers for Heart Patients

By Dr Greeshma Nair

Did you know that the heartburn drugs that you take for momentary relief can lead to a major risk like a heart attack? Don’t be surprised.Here’s the proof.

Commonly used heartburn drugs

In India and many other countries, these drugs are commonly available over the counter medications that is accessible to everyone. Some common heartburn drugs in India are:

  • Omeprazole (Prilosec, Omeez)
  • Aspirin and Omeprazole (Yosprala)
  • Lansoprazole (Prevacid, Prevacid IV, Prevacid 24-Hour)
  • Dexlansoprazole (Dexilent, Dexilent Solutab)
  • Rabeprazole (Aciphex, Aciphex Sprinkle,Rabiz)
  • Ranitidin (Rantac,Zantac)
  • Cimetidine (Tagamet)
  • Famotidine (Pepcid)
  • Pantoprazole (Protonix,Pantacid,Pan)
  • Esomeprazole (Nexium, Nexium IV, Nexium 24 HR)
  • Esomeprazole magnesium/Naproxen (Vimovo)
  • Omeprazole/Sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid, Zegerid OTC)

How do these Heartburn drugs work?

These drugs comes under the category of “Proton Pump Inhibitors” whose action is pronounced reduction/inhibition in the production of stomach acids.  Proton Pump Inhibitors are widely sold drugs around the world and among them Omeprazole and Ranitidin are included in the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines.

The mechanism of action is by inhibiting the production of acid secretion in the stomach by 99%. The gastric juice contains several proton ions. These drugs makes use of the proton ions present in the gastric juice and becomes protonated (activated) thereby deactivating it.

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