Friday, August 10, 2007

Health Canada investigates Losec, Nexium for heart risks

From CBC News:
Health Canada is alerting consumers who take Losec and Nexium, two prescription medications primarily used to treat acid-related stomach disorders, that it is investigating the drugs' links to serious cardiac problems.

Studies of the two medications reveal that patients using Losec or Nexium to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) instead of surgery "may have experienced more heart attacks or cardiac deaths than patients who had the surgery," reads the advisory.

It also notes that many patients who developed cardiac problems had risk factors prior to beginning treatment. ...more

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