Health Tip: Before You Take This Heartburn Medication...

(HealthDay News) -- A proton pump inhibitor, a drug commonly taken for heartburn, may cause side effects.

The American Academy of Family Physicians lists these factors to consider before using a proton pump inhibitor (PPI):

  • If you're a postmenopausal woman, talk with your doctor because a PPI could increase your risk for bone fractures.

  • If you've been treated for a C. difficile infection, check with your doctor because PPIs may increase the risk of the infection returning.

  • If you have problems with your immune system or are elderly, check with your doctor because PPIs may increase the risk of pneumonia.

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