New research has shown that there may be an association between the long term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Nexium™, Prevacid™, and Prilosec™, and the later development of dementia in older patients.
The effect did appear to gradually decrease with age; however, with the highest risk being among the age group 75-79. In an effort to limit the likelihood of dementia as we get older, there are firstly, several alternatives to PPIs, such as H2 receptor antagonists, prostaglandins, and antacids.
An even better option may be the elimination of the bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, which has been found to be responsible for the overwhelming majority of acid stomachs.
While it is clear that more research needs to be completed, one excellent alternative is requesting a test for H. pylori, an extremely common infection, from your physician or other healthcare practitioner. Ascenda BioSciences can also use advanced molecular methodology to help ascertain of the organism has been cleared following treatment, if necessary.
For further information, please see: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/858909