Your Proton Pump Inhibitor Might Kill You By Doubling Your Risk of #COVID19

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Prilosec and similar proton pump inhibitor drugs (PPIs) drastically reduce stomach acid. You should assume there’s a good reason or two why we have acidic stomach juice in the first place. One reason is to prevent infection.

I see two many patients who are put on these drugs for a good reason, but they keep taking them after the drug has finished its job.

An “as needed” H2 blocker like Pepcid may be a reasonable substitute for PPIs. Check with your personal physician.

I have nothing against Prilosec in particular. It can be very helpful. It’s one of several PPIs on the market.

Steve Parker, M.D.

PS: If you take a PPI for frequent heartburn, note that low-carb diets help prevent heartburn.

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