AskNadia: Prilosec and Kidney Disease

Dear Nadia,

Does the medication Prilosec cause Kidney failure?

Jim E


Dear Jim,

Prilosec is prescribed to individuals who experience frequent acid build up in their stomach; where food or liquid in the stomach cause discomfort in the digestive tract.

The increased production of acid in the stomach causes indigestion, heartburn, belching bloating and nausea.

Fatty, greasy and spicy foods, alcohol, coffee and eating late into the evening can contribute to the discomfort in the digestive tract.

Prilosec stops the acids production in the stomach, and is only intended for short term use; two weeks to four months.

Studies have shown prolonged use of PPI’s can actually increase the production of acid in your stomach.

Prilosec is classified as a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) which has been associated with induced acute kidney failure. A reduction in medication will offer the kidney relief.  Prolonged use of the proton pump inhibitor can cause kidney failure.

Check in with your healthcare professional about dosage and duration to alleviate any concerns you may have about kidney failure.


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