Study: Heartburn drug might cause heartburn

July 7, 2009 Researchers studied 120 healthy people for 12 weeks. They found that treatment with a proton pump inhibitor, or PPI, actually produced heartburn, acid reflux and indigestion in people who took the medication after eight weeks. Forty-four-percent of those people reported acid reflux after stopping the medication.

Doctors suggest that long-term drug usage to treat heartburn should only be used for patients with severe gastroesophageal reflux disease.

The study appears in this month's issue of Gastroenterology.

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