A 2010 study suggested that those using proton pump inhibitors were twice as likely to have a child with a heart defect compared to those who did not take the drugs. Three types of birth defects were specified in the study, reports say: septal defects and right and left ventricular defects.
Proton pump inhibitors have also been linked to a variety of other side effects, reports say. Recently, the U.S,. Food and Drug Administration warned that long-term use could result in hypomagnesemia. The FDA made it mandatory that that information be added to the labels for all prescription proton pump inhibitors.
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