The potential harms of long-term omeprazole use The potential harms of long-term omeprazole use

The potential harms of long-term omeprazole use

Keep in mind 19 July, 2017 Isabel Vallejo


The benefits of omeprazole for treating the symptoms of gastritis are very well known. However, despite the popularity of the use and prescription of this medicine, it is not completely harmless.

The indiscriminate use of omeprazole can lead to unintended consequences on people’s health. As with other medications, the controlled and occasional use of this medication should not bring any complications; the problem, however, is with its overuse.

It is common to find both physicians that overprescribe this mediation and patients that are used to suffering from digestive or stomach problems or practice “preventive” self-medication, which leads to overusing the drug.

Several studies show that the frequent use of omeprazole can be damaging to the heart due to the low absorption of magnesium. Research from Washington University in St. Luis (U.S.) also found that it can cause kidney failure.

With the proper medical supervision of this medication, consisting of measuring the treatment’s progress, omeprazole continues to be a medication that offers significant benefits.