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Vitamin B12 Deficiency Linked With Antacids

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Linked With Antacids
12/20/2013 12:15 PM ET

Those who frequently use antacids may be at a higher risk for vitamin B12 deficiency, according to a new study from researchers at Kaiser Permanente in California.

Researchers compared 25,956 vitamin B12-deficient patients and 184,199 normal patients for their use of various home medications. They found that 12 percent of those in the group with the deficiency had been prescribed at least a two-year course of treatment with antacids.

Comparatively, only 7.2 percent of those in the control had a similar prescription.

"These findings do not recommend against acid suppression for persons with clear indications for treatment, but clinicians should exercise appropriate vigilance when prescribing these medications and use the lowest possible effective dose," the researchers said in their report.

by RTT Staff Writer

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