While the prescription antacid drug Omeprazole is considered safe and effective, the Omeprazole side effects might just surprise you. Omeprazole is in a class of drugs commonly known as prescription antacids, but technically they are known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (or PPI’s), for their effects on the acid generating proton pumps of the stomach.
While omeprazole can be helpful for a short time, unfortunately, this class of antacid drug only target symptoms and not the root cause/issue. They don’t fix anything. This is partly because of how Omeprazole changes the bacteria in your gut, but also because of other larger health risks presented by omeprazole.
While doctors seem to think that Omeprazole side effects are rare and non-problematic, it is quite possible that the side effects of Omeprazole occur over a long period of time that your doctor doesn’t notice.
Your doctor may not recognize your chronic health problems as side effects of Omeprazole, so we are told by doctors that some of the chronic problems are simply a natural path of getting older. However, in many cases, chronic health problems are simply drug side effects.
Omeprazole side effects
Omeprazole side effects can be extremely serious. This drug was never intended to be used longer than a few months, yet it’s being used for years and sometimes even decades. However, reports are starting to come out that there truly are problems with taking this drugs long term and that maybe reducing acid isn’t such a good idea after all.
Besides damaging and killing off the good bacteria and intestinal flora in our stomach, Omeprazole prevents the absorption of vitamin B12 and the deficiency of this B12 can lead to:
- Neurological damage (leading to dementia)
- Damage to the central nervous system
- Red blood cell depletion (causing chronic fatigue)
- Muscle problems
- Respiratory problems
A large study by the Kaiser Permanente Institute researched the dangers of Omeprazole by monitoring over 26,000 test subjects over a period of 2 years. The subjects that took Omeprazole demonstrated over 65 percent of them had a B12 deficiency as a direct result of taking the medication. This shouldn’t be taken lightly.This can lead to complications that can eventually lead to mortality.
Additionally, Omeprazole can cause calcium loss in our bodies – also known as osteoporosis, or brittle bone syndrome, making us prone to fractures and breaks. Our stomach is designed to be acidic, and it’s well known that calcium is best absorbed in the presence of acid.
Interestingly, side effects of Omeprazole also can lead to severe Magnesium deficiency and there have been cases of people having seizures from low magnesium that were directly related to the use of prescription antacids!
Even worse is that newer research has shown that one extremely serious problem is that Omeprazole and all PPI’s give users a 16 percent increase in heart disease over non-users. This is probably due to the fact that nitric oxide, a potent protector of the heart, requires an acidic stomach in order to be absorbed.
If you have an intestinal issue, do some research armed with knowledge and go to your doctor and ask them what you can do about your diet and lifestyle to permanently heal (and not redamage) your body. Meds are not the answer to everything and are mostly filling the pockets of large corporations at our own cost.