Activate Now
 
ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help

Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

How One LLND Treats Lyme disease and Co-infections Using Natural Medicine

12 Celebrities with Lyme Disease

Single Low-magnitude Electric Pulse Successfully Fights Inflammation

Why Is Spicy Food Good for You?

Parasites and Worms As Major Complicating Co-Factors In Lyme Disease Recovery

How Essential Oils Can Help Improve Your Life

Omega-3 fatty acids may help improve treatment, quality of life in cancer patients

Ask the Doctor- Is it possible to be fully healed from or cured of Lyme Disease?

Clinically Studied Joint Relief Product for FM & ME/CFS

Anti-histamine drug Claritin can kill Borrelia by interfering with manganese utilization

 
Print Page
Email Article

Sustained Use of Acid-Reducing Drugs Linked to Magnesium Deficiency, FDA Warns

  [ 3 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
www.ProHealth.com • April 4, 2011


On March 2 the FDA issued a safety announcement to warn the public that sustained use of drugs to reduce stomach acid associated with GERD and digestive ulcers (Proton Pump Inhibitors, or PPIs) can cause deficiency of the essential mineral magnesium.

Magnesium is needed to maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keep heart rhythm steady, support a healthy immune system and keep bones strong. It is needed for 300-some processes, and incidence of deficiencies increases with age.

Symptoms of low magnesium may include fatigue & weakness, tingling, numbness, muscle spasms, tremor, irregular or racing heart beat, palpitations, convulsions, upset stomach, dizziness or light headedness, and more. Low magnesium is common in people with nutrient absorption problems (eg., Crohn’s disease), blood sugar problems/poorly controlled diabetes, and high alcohol intake.

Prescription PPIs include Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium), Dexilant (dexlansoprazole), Prilosec (omeprazole), Zegerid (omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate), Prevacid (lansoprazole), Protonix (pantoprazole sodium), and AcipHex (rabeprazole sodium). Vimovo is a prescription combination drug product that contains a PPI (esomeprazole magnesium and naproxen). Over-the-counter (OTC) PPIs include Prilosec OTC (omeprazole), Zegerid OTC (omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate), and Prevacid 24HR (lansoprazole).

Over-the-counter PPIs tend to deliver lower doses and be intended for short courses of treatment. Risk with all PPIs & antacids is reduced if taken as prescribed for a limited time.

Supplementary magnesium. Among people taking PPIs who’ve been found to be deficient, the FDA reports that about half have been able to raise and stabilize their blood magnesium by taking a magnesium supplement. But in about one-fourth of cases, the patient will need to discontinue the PPI drug to improve.

Healthcare professionals are advised to consider testing blood magnesium levels before prescribing PPI drugs for sustained periods; to determine whether patients are taking drugs such as digoxin, diuretics (water pills), certain antibiotics, or others that that can cause magnesium depletion; and to test magnesium periodically when there is sustained PPI use.

The full FDA Drug Safety Communication on this subject, with advice for patients, is HERE.



Please Discuss This Article:   Post a Comment 



[ Be the first to comment on this article ]




 
Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Our FREE
Newsletter
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

Save on Nutritional Supplement Orders

Featured Products

Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
Magnesium Plus Magnesium Plus
Natural mineral for nerve & muscle function
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
ZMA® ZMA®
Sleep and Muscle Support with Zinc & Magnesium

Natural Remedies

Front Line Defense Against Colds & Flu - Support for Healthy Immune System Balance Front Line Defense Against Colds & Flu - Support for Healthy Immune System Balance
The Revolutionary 'Good Fat' That Promotes Heart, Brain, Bone and Joint Health The Revolutionary 'Good Fat' That Promotes Heart, Brain, Bone and Joint Health
When a Negative is Positive - Goodnighties Recovery Sleepwear When a Negative is Positive - Goodnighties Recovery Sleepwear
Could a B-12 Deficiency Be Causing Your Symptoms? Could a B-12 Deficiency Be Causing Your Symptoms?
The Brain Boosting and Fatigue Fighting B-12 The Brain Boosting and Fatigue Fighting B-12

FIBROMYALGIA RESOURCES
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Treatments
| CFS RESOURCES
What is CFS?
ME/CFS Diagnosis
ME/CFS Symptoms
ME/CFS Treatments
| FORUMS
Fibromyalgia
ME/CFS
ADVANCED MEDICAL LABS
WHOLESALE  |  AFFILIATES
GUARANTEE  |  PRIVACY
CONTACT US
LIBRARY
RSS
SITE MAP
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing