The researchers say more potent drugs like Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec made users 89 percent more likely to develop pneumonia. Weaker drugs like Tagemet and Pepcid showed a 63 percent greater risk to develop the lung infection.
Local pharmacist Polly Cove says the study may not be conclusive. People taking these medications should continue to take them with caution. They should talk to their doctors if they have concerns.
But for people taking anti-ulcer drugs who are more vulnerable to get pneumonia, such as anyone with a lung condition, the elderly, or those who get pneumonia often, should talk to their doctor about the new findings.
The study can be found in the Journal of the American Medical Association.