This article discusses how many patients, both inpatient and outpatient, are initiated on proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for stomach acid related symptoms, as well as for prophylaxis. These medications may inadvertently be continued long-term. Chronic use of PPIs can result in adverse events, such as vitamin deficiencies, community-acquired pneumonia, and an increased risk for Clostridium difficile infection. Clinicians should periodically evaluate the need for PPIs in patients and discontinue as appropriate.
Swiger C, Hoang M, Wagner E, Zents M. The Adverse Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors and How to De-Escalate Therapy. Transformative Medicine (T-Med). 2023; 2(3):75-78. doi: https://doi.org/10.54299/tmed/xgby3183.