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ANCHOR LEAD: COMMON ANTACID MEDICATIONS ARE ONCE AGAIN IMPLICATED AS DANGEROUS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
If you’ve had a stent placed in your heart or perhaps had other heart problems, you may be taking a medication marketed as Plavix to reduce your risk of blood clots. Now it turns out that taking a common type of antacid known as a proton pump inhibitor may render Plavix ineffective. Redonda Miller, an internal medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, says this is just one more cautionary tale about over the counter medications.
MILLER: I think there is a perception with our public that anything you can buy over the counter is safe, whether it be a PPI or Motrin or Tylenol, versus an herbal supplement, and the answer is anything you put into your body has potential harmful effects, so anytime a person is buying something at a pharmacy over the counter, think twice about do you really need it, is it really the right way to go, talk to your doctor about it. Your doctor should know everything you’re taking, over the counter or prescription. :31
At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.