Heartburn drugs may raise fracture risk in older women

February 1, 2012 2:23:50 PM PST
Heartburn drugs may raise the fracture risk in older women. This is apparently especially true in current or former smokers.

A new study finds, older women who take the popular medications such as Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid for a long period of time may increase their risk of a hip fracture by 35 to 50 percent for current or former smokers.

Authors of the study in BMJ say, clinicians should continue to carefully monitor the need for long term use of these medications, specifically among postmenopausal women with a history of smoking.