Watch Out: Finally, some good news about PPIs

Over the last few years, there’s been a torrent of potentially bad news about using PPIs for reflux treatment, especially for long-term-use.

One of the scariest was a report in JAMA that using PPIs may be linked to a higher risk of dementia.

So it brings me great pleasure (and as a long-term user of a PPI for my very stubborn GERD, it brings me personal joy, too) to tell you that the very well-established Nurses Health Study has just published an update on nurses who use PPIs and the authors concluded that there was no substantial increased risk of dementia in nurses who have to use these meds.

Final word? No because nothing is ever a “final word” in medicine, but it’s still very reassuring to a person like me who simply can’t get off Nexium.