Asthma is unfortunately a common condition (1 in 13 in U.S. population) and many people who have it also suffer from gastroesophageal reflux,
Patient’s often complain that their asthma medications are not working for them, as they are still having symptoms. Often your board-
There has been a lot of recent negative press regarding PPIs in the news media, so much so that Dr. David Johnson, Professor of Medicine and Chief Gastroenterologist at Eastern Virginia Medical School decided to take a closer look. In his most recent article, Dr. Johnson reviews each concern that has prompted a lot of media frenzy and concern for patients on PPIs. After looking at the data closely he finds that most of the propaganda has been just that. Some of the most noted risks that have been perpetuated are concerns of dementia, osteoporosis, risks of infections and stroke.
He cites data from several different papers and studies and breaks down each concern. He notes that many of the science or data behind these concerns is lacking thus bogus information, “[this] noise has created mayhem for patients and healthcare providers.” Bottom line, PPIs are a good medication and when taken appropriately, help many patients to feel better.