Excessive gastric medication causes 45% of ulcers

Consumption of excessive amounts of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) or gastric drugs can cause gastric ulcers in 45 percent of patients, doctors at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) said on Sunday.

“If we lead life in a disciplined way, we can get rid of acidity. If you don’t suffer from acidity, you also don’t need to take medicine,” said the vice-chancellor of the BSMMU, Professor Md Sharfuddin Ahmed, at a seminar titled ‘PPI Overuse: A Review of Emerging Concerns’.

According to doctors, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are drugs whose main function is to reduce acid secretion by the parietal cells of the stomach. Therefore, excessive consumption of this drug damages micronutrients, leading to fractures in the body.

PPI also creates a deficiency of calcium, magnesium, vitamin 12 and iron in the human body.

However, the consumption of PPI cannot be stopped suddenly. The PPI should be reduced gradually by two weeks, one week. The drugs can be taken once a day, one after two days, doctors say.

Most stomach medications are sold without a prescription.

Pharmacy traders provide gastric medicine when patients suffer from various complications including diarrhea, constipation and different types of stomach pain for gastric problems, which can be solved by drinking water or using light medications.

Also, in the case of treating gastric problems, taking the drugs can lead to malnutrition, dementia, cancer and many other health complications, the doctors observed.

At the same time, experts have demanded that a policy be developed to reduce the overuse of stomach medications.

They said the sale of gastric drugs without a doctor’s prescription should be stopped.

They added that if it was possible to monitor the drug trade, it would be possible to control the use of these excessive gastric drugs.

Meanwhile, due to antibiotic resistance, more people will die by 2050 than from coronavirus in the country, BSMMU doctors have warned.

“Many of us take a steroid once in a while, which is also alarming for our body,” said one of the doctors.

Professor Dr Md Sharfuddin called for hygiene rules to be followed to contain the coronavirus outbreak as well as being aware of Monkeypox.