All I can say is learn to be safe out there and don’t just take anything your doctor prescribes without doing your own research as well. This isn’t medical advice, this is just my opinion as an informed consumer.
I’m not saying the whole of the medical community is bad, but these days I trust pharmaceutical companies as far as I can throw them.
Doctors like to prescribe medication for gastric acid problems and one of the most commonly used is called Omeprazole.
Let’s take a step back. Usually, the first line of defense here is antacids, but even these aren’t ideal.
First of all, they only address the symptoms and don’t actually fix what causes these problems in the first place. This means the problem can reoccur unless you deal with it directly.
Something else worth noting is that contrary to popular belief, indigestion is usually caused by low stomach acid and it affects 50% of our population.
Treatment that further neutralizes stomach acid can make your digestion worse.
Usually, after taking too many medicines or undergoing therapies, the good bacteria in our guts can get out of hand and we must keep our intestinal flora regulated, otherwise it can cause intestinal problems.
Omeprazole Side Effects
Omeprazole actually limits our body’s ability to absorb vitamin B12 when you consume it for an extensive period of time. The deficiency of this vitamin can lead to:
- Causes rapid loss of calcium in our bodies which can create a condition known as osteoporosis or brittle bone syndrome, where a person is prone to broken bones or fractures easily
- Depletion of red blood cell count
- Depression and anxiety
- Neurological damage leading to degenerative ailments like dementia
- It can cause damage to our central nervous system
- A calcium shortage can cause muscle issues
- It causes an increased risk of respiratory issues, such as shortness of breath, wheezing, difficulty breathing, hyperventilation, and congestion
- Chronic fatigue caused by low red blood cells which are responsible for conveying oxygen throughout our body
A study by the Kaiser Permanente Institute based in the United States of America researched the health dangers of omeprazole. They monitored over 26,000 test subjects every day and the subjects consumed various amounts of omeprazole within a period of two years.
The subjects that had consumed omeprazole were at risk of having vitamin B12 deficiency by as much as 65% when it compares to individuals that do not make use of the medication.
We can conclude that omeprazole is indeed very harmful to our health and we should avoid using it as a gastric protector!
Trust me, there is much better stomach acid solutions out there.