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4 Your Health: prescription drugs and driving; acid reflux medication linked to cancer

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Tucson- The long-term use of some acid reflux medications could increase the risk of stomach cancer.

Researchers in Hong Kong followed over 60,000 adults being treated for acid reflux. Patients taking proton pump inhibitors had double the risk of developing stomach cancer over the next seven years.

Those who took PPI's daily for more than one year had the highest risk. Other reflux medications like Pepcid and Zantac, were not linked to stomach cancer.

Impaired by prescription drugs

Many people are not aware that some prescription drugs can impair their ability to drive.

Researchers at West Virginia University surveyed over seven thousand adults. About 15 percent of those taking sedatives or narcotics said they had not been warned by their doctor, pharmacist, or medication label, about the risks of driving.

An even larger percentage did not know stimulants and anti-depressants can also affect performance behind the wheel.

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