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GERD Medication and Multivitamins

Do you have gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)? If so, you likely take a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). PPIs are potent acid-reducing medications. These include Prilosec, Nexium, Aciphex and Prevacid, to name a few. PPIs are very effective in reducing stomach acid production. However, recent studies have shown that the longer PPIs are used the higher the risk for hip fracture, which may be associated with the significant drop in calcium and vitamin D absorption while using PPIs. Lack of stomach acid also decreases the absorption of magnesium, vitamin B12, folic acid, iron, zinc, chromium and phosphorous.

For the 7 million Americans with GERD who take PPIs or other acid-reducing medications, nutritional supplementation with a high quality multivitamin is a good idea. Not all multivitamins are created equal, so be sure to ask us how to recognize a quality product that will make a difference for you.