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Worth $15-billion (U.S.) a year, proton pump inhibitors among the most misused drugs on North American market.

Proton pump inhibitors – drugs used to treat a range of digestive problems ranging from heartburn to bleeding ulcers – are among the most misused drugs on the market, new research concludes.

Between 53 per cent and 69 per cent of PPIs are inappropriately prescribed, particularly for dyspepsia, the medical term for indigestion and upset stomach. Proton pump inhibitors reduce the production of acid by blocking the enzyme in the stomach wall that produces it.

“Harm will result if these commonly used medications are prescribed for conditions for which there is no benefit, such as non-ulcer dyspepsia,” said Dr. Deborah Grady of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She said risks seem particularly acute in seniors.

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Did you know that in one study 45% of adults who received Chiropractic care, while suffering from from dyspepsia (heart burn) noticed an improvement in their symptoms and decreased their medication. Full report.

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