Hi, My Dad has taken Nexium continually for 10+ years and two years ago was diagnosed with Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease. I know that Nexium has been proven to cause CKD so I don’t understand why his nephrologist continues to prescribe it for him. I have heard that baking soda also helps with acid reflux. Is there anything else similar without so many damaging side effects?

Often there is a risk and benefit decision that needs to be made regarding the long term use of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s such as Nexium). There must be a discussion regarding the reasons for long term use and the benefits of preventing the complications of acid-pepsin disease versus the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

I recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post about the use of PPI’s and CKD. You can access this article at:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/59fb1b48e4b09afdf01c40aa

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