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Long-term consumption of antacids can lead to Renal Disorders

News Desk, News Nation 360 : Recent report of incorporating a warning label in the packaging of antacids is sure to concern the common Bengali Babu, who would otherwise not hesitate to pop in an antacid pill every now and then to battle his acid reflux or ‘ambal’ as it is commonly called. As per studies, long term consumption of antacids can lead to kidney disorders.PPI group of antacids like pantoprazole, omeprazole, rabeprazole are strong medications prescribed by medical practitioners to control frequent heartburn or complaints of excess flatulence. However, the problem arises as these are commonly available over-the-counter and people generally opt for it without a doctor’s knowledge or prescription. Clearing the air around this, Dr Partha Karmakar, Consultant Nephrologist at Fortis Hospital Anandapur mentioned, There is a wide variety of antacids available in the market and this report refers to a certain PPI or Proton Pump Inhibitors group of antacids. Long term use of this group of antacids has shown to lead to 2 types of kidney disease namely Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). More often than not, the patients who suffer from kidney disease due to long term consumption of antacids are primarily asymptomatic that is. do not demonstrate any symptoms. The common symptoms relating to kidney disease like swelling of feet or loss of appetite are totally missing in such cases and by the time the patients reach the doctors, their condition is already worrisome. Does this mean that antacids are to be avoided completely? No medication prescribed by the doctor should be avoided completely but one should not consume medications without doctor’s advice. When it comes to PPI group of antacids, these are used for the treatment of severe cases of heartburn and even if prescribed by doctor, the period of consumption will be restricted to a maximum period of 8 weeks. 

Report : Anustup Kundu