If you have a child or grandchild with asthma, heed this warning. DO NOT let your pediatrician treat them with a proton pump inhibitor (PPI).
Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is common in kids and adults with asthma. So conventional doctors throw PPI drugs at their patients with GER. But over time, some PPI makers have imagined that the drugs may help alleviate asthma symptoms.
Well, they wouldn’t want to pass up a chance to widen the use of this popular class of drugs, now would they?
So in a recent study, researchers tested a PPI on more than 300 kids with asthma.
The results… the PPI did nothing to reduce asthma symptoms. But the kids did have increased risk of adverse events. These included respiratory infection, sore throats and bronchitis.
Fortunately, this study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association. So with any luck, doctors will get this message loud and clear. And this is the message: Don’t use PPIs to treat kids with asthma.
But you can count on doctors to continue to prescribe PPIs for asthma patients who develop GER. And that’s still bad medicine because PPIs have been shown to deplete magnesium.
Ready for the the kicker? Research suggests that one of the causes of asthma is (yep!) magnesium deficiency.
In fact, naturopathic doctors sometimes use magnesium treatments to help control asthma. But that’s a serious uphill fight if an asthma patient is already taking a PPI.
“Lansoprazole for Children With Poorly Controlled Asthma” Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 307, No. 4, 1/25/12, jama.ama-assn.org