Unpleasant side effect – According to a study by the stomach to increase acid blocker, the risk for allergies

Millions of Germans regularly take tablets that regulate the acid production in the stomach down. The mass prescription of such agents is controversial – now, researchers have encountered a more unpleasant side effect.

Taking stomach acid blockers, apparently increases the risk for allergies. The reports by Austrian researchers, according to the analysis of health insurance data. Patients who have been prescribed medication against stomach acid, were, therefore, in the following years, and more medications for allergies. A German expert advises not to take the means clueless.

Stomach acid blockers are common drugs that are used, for example, in the case of heartburn and Regurgitation, as well as inflammation of the intestine or the esophagus, but also to accompany, for example, when taking pain medication.

Clear connection between stomach acid blockers and allergies

The researchers Galateja Jordakieva of the University of Vienna have evaluated the data of the Austrian sickness insurance. They offered insight into the treatment of over 8.2 million patients, the equivalent of almost the entire Austrian population. The researchers tested how often the people were given between 2009 and 2013, certain prescribed medication.

A connection between two diseases: The probability of in need of an Allergy medication, in patients who had received a gastric acid blocker, prescribed, twice as high as in other patients. Particularly strong women were, therefore, of the increased risk of Allergy to be affected, in addition to older people, the Team reported in the journal "Nature Communications".

Blocker Wisely take

It made no difference which drug was prescribed. Since stomach effect of acid blocker in a completely different way, the researchers suggest, that the effect of the modified acid value (pH) in the stomach – is for the allergies responsible. Proteins that are absorbed through the food that could not be decomposed therefore in the stomach as well and then cause allergies. It could also be the researchers that the drugs signal enable ways to allergies triggered.

Ulrich Fölsch from the University hospital of Schleswig-Holstein advises, not the stomach, taking acid blockers naive. "These are very good medications that can improve some patients ‘ quality of life considerably, with the side-effects move in a manageable framework." You should, however, not tablets, as a precaution, for example, in principle, to Pain taken.

Experts: blockers are prescribed often and too easily

In addition, stomach acid blockers should be discontinued after some time again, so Fölsch. Some were taking it for many years. "We have not seen a connection with allergies, while so far, but the study shows the on and, interestingly, regardless of which drug is taken for the inhibition of increased stomach acid."

For several years, experts criticise the fact that stomach acid blockers were prescribed is often and easily done. According to the Figures of the Barmer health insurance around 11.5 million Insured received in the year 2018 in Germany, a regulation of gastric acid blockers. The so-called proton pump inhibitors are also over-the-counter available in pharmacies.

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