More Hip Fractures With Sleep Apnea?

The FDA recently warned that chronic use of PPIs (Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, Protonix, etc.) can increase your risk of hip, wrist, and spine fractures. This is interesting news because most people with sleep apnea have reflux. Laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPRD) is probably one of the most common conditions seen by an ENT doctor like myself. In our field we like to give twice daily dosing for weeks to months. Also note that these reflux medications don't really prevent acid reflux.

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2 thoughts on “More Hip Fractures With Sleep Apnea?

  1. Thanks for pointing this out, Dr. Park.  I tried prescription Prilosec and Nexium, and found them no more effective than Prevacid OTC. 

    It seems the positive airway pressure overcomes and maybe weakens the throat sphincter (or whatever that valve is called).  I never had problems with acid reflux before using CPAP.

    Yes, how else can I stop acid reflex?