Taking PPI Heartburn Medication May Increase Your Risk of Dying

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Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medication may increase risk of death

New research suggests people on proton pump inhibitors are more likely to die than those taking different antacid or none at all.

Millions of people taking common heartburn and indigestion medications could be at an increased risk of death, research suggests.

The drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), reduce acid production by the stomach lining and are very widely prescribed, with low doses also available without prescription from pharmacies. In the UK, doctors issue more than 50m prescriptions for PPIs every year.