A study done by Kaiser Permanente clinics between 1997 and 2011 reports that the prolonged use of antacids increases the likelihood of vitamin B-12 deficiency, which in turn contributes to health problems including depression, nerve damage, and dementia. Approximately 26,000 patients were followed, and those that took a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium) for two or more years had a 65% higher than normal risk of B-12 deficiency. Those who took these acid-inhibiting drugs called histamine-2 receptor antagonists, contained in brands such as Pepcid and Zantac, also experienced and increased but slightly more modest risk. Unlike chewable tablets that neutralize stomach asids, the medications in the study shut down cells responsible for producing acid. However, those same cells also make a protein that is crucial in vitamin B-12 absoprtion.
People taking these medications should check with their physicians to be screened, as vitamin deficiencies can often be treated with vitamin supplements.
Talk to our doctors about the benefits of vitamin supplements offered here at South Orange Chiropractic Center during your next adjustment, such as probiotics. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our walking class on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm, and receive a special gift.