LOW B12 LEVELS ASSOCIATED WITH ANTACIDS
A study from Idaho State University shows that drugs to reduce stomach acidity may decrease a person's ability to absorb vitamin B12. Lack of vitamin B12 is common and can cause depression, loss of intelligence and nerve damage.
Doctors often treat people who have belching or stomach burning with drugs to shut off stomach acidity. This study shows that lack of stomach acid can also cause low B12 levels and resultant nerve damage.
Increased vitamin B-12 requirement associated with chronic acid suppression therapy. Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 2003, Vol 37, Iss 4, pp 490-493. RW Force, AD Meeker, PS Cady, VL Culbertson, WS Force, CM Kelley. Force WS, Idaho State Univ, Dept Family Med, Campus Box 8357, Pocatello,ID 83209 USA