Antacid Use Linked To Dementia

Buried in the Kansas City Star, a story taken from the Los Angeles Times entitled “Antacid Use Is Linked To Dementia” caught my eye.

Within a week, two of my patients emailed me regarding the same study from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The response from my patients was, “You told us these antacids would some day be recognized as a disaster, and here it is.” Well, I predict that this isn’t the end of the bad news by a long shot, but it certainly is enough to get one’s attention.

The study was done on a population of elderly black people who had a history of chronic antacid use. The antacid family in the study included Zantac, Pepcid, and Tagamet. These antacids increased the risk of dementia by 2 1/2 times.

We can be sure that this research will certainly stimulate more research along similar lines in spite of the protests of the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture these products.