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Another instance of a drug causing an unexpected complication

A study that included 80 870 pairs of children who were and were not new users of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), those drugs to reduce stomach acid output and to treat reflux and which are seemingly dispensed without much thought in far too many people, both in adults, and increasingly in children as well (in kids, PPIs are being used a lot for the trendy “diagnosis” of reflux) has found that the kids who got the PPIs were at significantly higher risk than the non-PPI kids for being diagnosed with asthma.

The authors conclude: “Proton pump inhibitors should be prescribed to children only when clearly indicated, weighing the potential benefit against potential harm.”

You know, that’s a principle that should apply to every drug that’s given out, both in adults and in kids.