Around the world, there are people who suffer from stomach problems, and one of the most used medications to solve these problems is omeprazole.
Omeprazole was a medication that revolutionized the treatment of stomach ailments, but its continued use, for two years or more, can cause dementia, according to a study published in the JAMA – Journal of the American Association.
Omeprazole is a white powder that mixes with water and belongs to the category of proton pump inhibitors, which solves problems related to heartburn, reflux, peptic ulcers, poor digestion and hiatus hernia. This is the second most consumed medication in the world (the first is paracetamol) and is included in the list of Essential Medicines of the World Health Organization.
However, when consumed in the long term, omeprazole can cause heart problems. The American researcher John P. Cooke has revealed that antacids, which eliminate proton pump inhibitors, could block arteries and complicate blood flow in your body. In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned of an overdose of this medicine, because it causes complications in the absorption of magnesium, which could result in strokes, muscle spasms, arrhythmias, weakening of bones and seizures.
Kaiser Permanente, one of the leaders of the health industry in the United States has announced that omeprazole can also complicate the absorption of vitamin B12. The comparison of the data of 26,000 patients who had this side effect with those of 184,000 who did not show that the consumption of omeprazole for 2 years makes the lack of this vitamin 65%. This is too high a percentage for the type of drug in question.
According to Dr. Douglas Corley (another researcher of gastroenterology at Kaiser Permanente), it is clear that those who suffer stomach complications should not stop taking this medicine. According to the researcher, who takes omeprazole is because he needs it to solve his health problems and because, fundamentally, a doctor prescribed it and prescribed it as a form of his treatment.
Even so, if this type of health problem continues over time and the use of omeprazole becomes too recurrent, it is recommended to consult with a doctor to ask about an alternative, since only professionals know how to avoid the side effects of the drug.