Osteopenia, Osteoporosis, Antacids
Osteopenia, Osteoporosis, Antacids Did you know that ordinary over the counter medications can be bad for your bones?
Yes, ordinary Antacids can be a cause of Osteopenia or Osteoporosis.
Those simple over the counter drugs that so many people use could be the reason why your dexa scan is showing thin or porous bones. Why? Simple. These drugs can interfere with your body’s ability to absorb calcium and phosphates from your food and that is why they can lead to bone loss.
If you are using an over the counter medication for indigestion, gastric reflux or ulcers, do check to see what kind you are using If it has aluminum in it, it is most likely to interfere with your body absorbing calcium and phosphate from your food.
Here is a list of the most common brands with ab Aluminum base: Aludros, Amphojel, Gaviscon, Gelusil, Kolantyl, Maalox, Mylanta, Riopan.
But if you taking them regularly, even a few times a month, it would be better to buy a brand that does not use aluminum salts in its composition since the drugs without aluminum will not interfere with your body absorbing calcium or phosphates from your food.
Here is a list of brands that are not aluminum based:Alka-Seltzer, Bisodol, Mylicon, Rolaids, Titralac, Tums.
If you do not see the brand name of the substance you are using for your indigestion or gastric reflux or ulcers, ask the pharmacist if it contains aluminum salts.
Most pharmacists are able to answer such questions and they can often recommend a substitute brand if you explain your concern about calcium and phosphate absorption.
Of course, some of us would always buy the non-aluminum based brands. Why lose any ability to absorb calcium – even for a single day.
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