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Popular Acid Reflux Drugs Double Stomach Cancer Risk

Proton pump inhibitors work by decreasing the amount of acid that the stomach lining makes.
A prescription for Prilosec is filled The Compounding Pharmacy in Shreveport, Louisiana. Now an over-the-counter medication, a new study has linked this kind of drug with an increased risk of stomach cancer.
Prilosec dispensing Source: Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images

Some of the top-selling drugs in the world may double the risk of stomach cancer. A new study in Gut Monday linked long-term use of proton pump inhibitors, a class of drugs that includes Prilosec and Nexium, with an increased risk of stomach cancer.

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