Study raises red flags on some antacids

May 11, 2010 4:48:14 AM PDT
Several new studies are raising red flags about some of the most popular prescription drugs available. The antacid medications include Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, and Previcid.

These new studies suggest that these common drugs could have significant downsides. Scientists say they appear to be associated with a modest upsurge in bone fractures in postmenopausal women.

And a significant increase in bacterial infections among hospitalized patients.

Scientists are also questioning the benefits saying they don't seem to do a better job than older medications at keeping patients from having more bleeding, needing surgery or staying alive. They suggest doctors weigh both the benefits and the risks before prescribing them.