Less acid, brittler hips?

Less acid, brittler hips?

There are 16 comments on the Los Angeles Times story from Dec 27, 2006, titled Less acid, brittler hips?. In it, Los Angeles Times reports that:

Older people who take heartburn drugs such as Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid and Protonix for long periods have a significantly increased risk of hip fractures, possibly because the drugs block calcium absorption, ...

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beth wilson

Bryans Road, MD

#1 Dec 29, 2006
I've been saying this for the last 5 months when i saw on a website that "the purple pill" is being linked to brittle bones, lack of calcium in bones and increased hip fractures..Wellme and my daughter have been on nexium for over a year now, and not only does it cause lack of calcium absorption in older folks, it does so in folks with weakened immune system. My daughter had perfect teeth 18 months ago, now she has to have close to 5k worth of dental work done because of DECALCIFICATION in her teeth and bones, she is 19 and has premature osteo arthritis in her hips, knees and other areas. She had normal levels of calcium in her body before she was given nexium for nasty heartburn after she had tonsils out, mono and the flu all in a 2 month time frame. If there will be any lawsuits filed, let it be known its not just in older folks, it can happen to anyone who takes this medication. i also have decalcification in teeth and need thousands of dental work done and may end up with dentures because of the cost to fix 20 teeth. Nexium,not for evveryone..
kathleen scott

Redmond, WA

#2 Dec 29, 2006
I have been on nexium for 6 yrs now for GERD and had to have a hip replacement at the age of 42 yrs old, the doctors could find no other explanations why someone my age would need hip replacment, I guess now we know why?? I will be watching for lawsuits for this case. thanks kate
Carolyn Scogins

United States

#3 Jan 22, 2007
beth wilson wrote:
I've been saying this for the last 5 months when i saw on a website that "the purple pill" is being linked to brittle bones, lack of calcium in bones and increased hip fractures..Wellme and my daughter have been on nexium for over a year now, and not only does it cause lack of calcium absorption in older folks, it does so in folks with weakened immune system. My daughter had perfect teeth 18 months ago, now she has to have close to 5k worth of dental work done because of DECALCIFICATION in her teeth and bones, she is 19 and has premature osteo arthritis in her hips, knees and other areas. She had normal levels of calcium in her body before she was given nexium for nasty heartburn after she had tonsils out, mono and the flu all in a 2 month time frame. If there will be any lawsuits filed, let it be known its not just in older folks, it can happen to anyone who takes this medication. i also have decalcification in teeth and need thousands of dental work done and may end up with dentures because of the cost to fix 20 teeth. Nexium,not for evveryone..
My husband has been on Nexium since it came on the market (2001), he was never told to take a calcium supplement. he has the same dental problem as you and your daughter. Up until a couple of years ago he had perfect teeth. we haven't checked his hips for fractures yet (he is 72 yrs old). I'm with you about a lawsuit. we are on Medicare with no dental ins. he doesnt have any cavities just decalcification
of the teeth . he will probley need dentures .
John K

Camden, ME

#4 May 21, 2008
I have been on Nexium/Prilosec for over a year now. I have never had dental bone problems before. I had an expensive and my-own dental bone graft about 5 months ago. This graft did not take and bone loss is more severe now, whereas in my pre-prilosec days, I would have been completely integrated in less than two months. I am stopping the Nexium/Prilosec treatment immediately. My general physician says it does not hurt to take this medicine daily for the rest of your life (40mg/day). I think he is all wet. I cannot afford to lose my teeth due to calcium absorption problems.
Carol O

Sierra Vista, AZ

#5 Aug 12, 2008
What makes me the angriest is that I have asked several doctors about the side effects of long term use of Nexium (I have been on it for 7 years). Every doctor told me that I had nothing to worry about and never once was I informed about the depletion of calcium. I am so angry, angry, angry!
LND

Bismarck, ND

#6 Aug 26, 2008
I often find I have better results getting info on medicines from the package inserts at the pharmacy then from doctors. I think either they don't know side effects of what they prescribe or don't want to admit it for fear of a lawsuit but they should still be liable.
If a package insert does not come with a medicine you get, prescription or over the counter, don't hesitate to ask or look online.
Michele V

Irving, TX

#7 Mar 7, 2009
I'm on Nexium 40mg, twice a day. I've had two root canals recently. I spoke with a nutritionist who said it is wise to increase calcium supplements and calcium citrate is
most beneficial when less acid is present in the stomach. She recommended the normal 1000mg per day as part of the normal diet and an additional 200 mg of calcium citrate. I may end up switching my meds to carafate suspension which has worked for me in the past if I see further tooth issues. That medication will not work for everyone though.
Shannon S

AOL

#8 Jun 2, 2010
kathleen scott wrote:
I have been on nexium for 6 yrs now for GERD and had to have a hip replacement at the age of 42 yrs old, the doctors could find no other explanations why someone my age would need hip replacment, I guess now we know why?? I will be watching for lawsuits for this case. thanks kate
I have been on Prilosec for 5 years, for GERD, and in 2008, at age 59, I fell and broke my hip. I had to suffer through another major surgery this past January, to have the "hardware" removed, because the bone never healed properly. I, also, am watching for a class action suit!
Terry K

Tallahassee, FL

#9 Jun 28, 2010
I have GERD and have been taking Nexium for several years. For the last year, my doctor began to add a Vitamin D test to my blood work. My Vitamin D level is consistantly low. I am now taking a prescription D each week. My daughter began taking Nexium 3 years ago and I am very concerned that we are both going to suffer as a result of this latest news about Nexium.
Marie

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

#10 Sep 10, 2010
I am only 29 and my teeth are hurting, I wonder if it is because of my Nexium?
Kathy

Milwaukee, WI

#11 Dec 30, 2010
I've been taking omeprozole(generic Rx prilosec) 40 mg per day for about 3 years. I'm age 51, gone through menopause, family history of osteoporosis, personal history of fracture (finger) and osteopenia in my hip. Do you think anyone (ENT, GP or GYN) who all knew I was taking this med. took an adequate history or advised me about this medicine? Fractured my wrist on Nov. 3rd. Bones moved and weren't healing after 3 weeks in a cast. Had surgery to put a plate in on Nov. 29th. Hopefully this will work. I've missed so much work that i've used up my sick time. I'm very frustrated!
Firebird56

Dodge City, KS

#12 Jul 23, 2011
Yes, there may be the connection, but to everyone posting...please remember the reason everyone is taking the PPI's in the first place is for the "GERD" symptoms. The fact that so many have this, in conjunction w/bone loss (of any kind) and low Vit D "can be" very indicative of PHPT (Primary Hyperparathyrodism). It always pays to research your calcium levels, in conjunction with the other #'s (PTH/Ca/Vit D, etc.) because even if the Ca comes back as "normal" (and that can be high 9's or anywhere in the 10+ range, too), you very well could have this condition. The PPI can just be the "icing on the cake", if you will. Once you've researched this and possibly find yourself fitting in this category, I would invite any who care to post, to a page formed by people w/similar experiences.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Parathyroid-Dis... #!/pages/Parathyroid-Disease-S upport-Awareness/1099552057593 31?sk=wall

Gregory Fraser

San Jose, CA

#13 Sep 30, 2011
This can be a good reminder for people who have problems with their hips as Iíve read issues about people who have problems with their hip replacement devices like what Iíve read here http://www.depuypinnaclelawsuit.com/
Galleca

San Jose, CA

#14 Nov 4, 2011
Brittle bones are the bane of many who are suffering from Osteoporosis. These people usually take Fosamax or other drugs to strengthen their bones. However these people are also the same plaintiffs in Fosamax Femur Lawsuits. http://www.fosamaxfemurfracturelawsuit.com/fe...
Mayjorie Dylan

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Jun 15, 2012
Age and poor nutrition has been reported to cause brittle bones. However acids are not yet established either by study or science to cause brittle bones.
https://sites.google.com/site/fosamaxbonefrac...
Hazel F

Hillsboro, OR

#16 Oct 13, 2012
It's been a long established finding that the risk of osteoporosis and hip fractures increases when taking antacid medications like prevacid, nexium, ranitidine, and others. People need to be aware and watch out for their own susceptibility to dangers. http://www.fosamaxclassactionlawsuit.com

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